Effective Project Sponsorship

  • 1 day(s)Duration
  • MDI255ACourse Code
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Course description

Many sponsors make the mistake of believing that they don’t need to get involved; that the project shouldn’t take up too much of their time. In fact, the most successful projects have sponsors that understand the importance of their involvement. The project manager must deliver the project outcome but does not necessarily have the scope of authority or access to all areas and levels of an organization to effectively address all barriers, obstacles, or issues that a project will encounter. As a result, the sponsor must, through active support and involvement, enable the project manager to deliver a successful project. A good sponsor is clear on his/her responsibilities throughout the various phases of project management.

Who should attend

Individuals who will benefit from this course include anyone in a position of being responsible for sponsoring projects, which includes:

  • Communicating the project vision and purpose
  • Addressing questions about requirements, budgets, and resources
  • Providing status updates to senior management from the project manager
  • Handling escalated issues for the project manger


Participants should have some formal project management training prior to attending class.

What you will achieve

  • Understand the difference between the role of the sponsor and the project manager
  • Clarify the sponsor’s impact on project success.
  • Examine the common “excuses” for not being a great project sponsor.
  • Understand the power of using a communication plan for accountability and buy-in.
  • Examine the relationship between trust, discussions, and accountability.

What you will learn

Course Outline
Module 1: Foundation
  • Objectives
  • Great Project Management
  • Frustrations and Wishes
  • Time Matrix
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Emotional Bank Account
Module 2: Framework for Discussion
  • Fight or Flight
  • Questioning to Encourage Discussion
  • Weigh In to Buy In
Module 3: Initiation Phase
  • Stakeholders
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Project Justification
  • Project Requirements
  • Triple Constraint
  • Project Objectives
  • Assumptions
Module 4: Planning Phase
  • Gantt Charts
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Risk Analysis
Module 5: Execute and Control Phase
  • Risk/Issue Log
  • Change Request
  • Communication Plan
  • Weekly Planning
  • Document for Dual Accountability
  • Meeting Planner
Module 6: Closing Phase
  • Closing the Project
  • Lessons Learned
  • Action Plan
  • Recommended Reading