18 Feb

The Silver Bullet to Project Success – Sponsor, Project Manager and Business Analyst

Is your organization looking for that silver bullet; a fail-safe solution to avoid another project failure?  Project success should not be elusive if you have an executive sponsor, project manager and business analyst: 1) identified at the beginning of your project, 2) filled with competent trained staff, and 3) engaged with internal and external stakeholders throughout the project. In fact, these roles could be the remedy to cure major prevailing problems in your organization.  i.e.: .poor project performance, over budget, solutions not meeting stakeholder needs/expectations.

Let’s look at a snapshot of each role to better understand how the role and key behaviors/skillsets help sets the stage for project success.

Role
Key Behaviors/Skillsets
  • Executive Sponsor: Your role is a key role for project success; it’s time to elevate your commitment to provide necessary guidance for the project manager and business analyst.
  • Support, coach/mentor, communicates with stakeholders, escalates issues to senior management, remove barriers and approves resources for the project
  • Project Manager: (PM) Your role is shifting from project management to project leadership.  It’s time to step out of your comfort zone to coach sponsors, lead change, effectively manage your projects through the entire lifecycle and lead distributed global teams.
  • Leadership, coach/mentor, define project scope, communication with project team, stakeholders and sponsor, stakeholder expectation management, goal-driven, builds trust, results-oriented
  • Business Analyst: (BA) Your role is taking a front row seat where you belong alongside your business partner; the project manager.  BAs can really help move the needle forward to align projects for success.
  • Engagement with business, business analysis tasks i.e.: define solution scope and business requirements for alignment with business and project objectives, communicate concepts and details with diagrams and models

 

In a nutshell, the executive sponsor, PM and BA; all play leadership roles;

  • The Executive Sponsor owns the project and is responsible for benefits realization to create value for the business case,
  •  The PM leads the team and delivers the solution and
  • The BA ensures that the solution meets the business need and aligns with business and project objectives.

Reduce your risk of another project failure in your organization; enhance the collaboration of these key leaders to increase the likelihood your projects will be successful throughout their project lifecycle.

 

Naomi

Naomi Caietti is a project management consultant, guest speaker, author, and managing editor of TheGlassBreakers.net.  Kelly Project Solutions, LLC is honored to have Naomi in our collaborative circle of trusted, industry thought leaders.  She is committed to assist organizations realize business value through delivery of excellence in projects, leadership, management and social media. You can read more from Naomi here, connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.