The three witches of project management

The three witches of project managementWho are the three witches surrounding the project cauldron with the ability to stir up project chaos and project heaven in equal measure?

There are three key roles in every project. The executive sponsor, the accountable executive and the project manager. Each must play their part effectively if the project is to succeed. It only takes one bad witch for the cauldron to boil over. Here are the key roles:

Executive Sponsor:

  • Fit with the overall strategy
  • Policy guidance
  • Strategic champion

Accountable Executive/Senior User (often referred to as the day to day sponsor):

  • Delivers the benefits
  • Represents the business needs
  • Integration into normal operations
  • Business-level champion

Project Manager:

  • Delivers the solution
  • Manages the resources, time and budget
  • Leads the team

Do you recognise these roles? Have you come across some bad witches? Tell us your horror stories.

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