The Project Players
Six key players need to work together to secure project success.
In summary these players are:
The Business Leaders, the most senior leaders, who are responsible for creating the right environment within which projects and teamworking can flourish, for managing the project-portfolio by selecting and prioritizing which projects are pursued and closed down.
The Sponsor, who is accountable to the Business for achievement of the project goal and benefits through the Project Leader and Team. The Sponsor provides resource, removes obstacles to progress and ensures the ongoing alignment and viability of the project.
The Project Leader, who is accountable for achieving the project goal with a project team such that the project changes are sustained and the benefits realized.
The Project Team, who hold themselves mutually accountable for achieving the project goal in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Customers, the key beneficiaries of the project who need to be clear about their needs and requirements, and prepared to become involved to ensure that their requirements are understood and are being met.
Stakeholders, who need to make the time to understand the project and develop the commitment and ability to work with the outputs and sustain necessary changes.
Sounds pretty basic but it is not uncommon for people to pick up a “title” with all but a vague notion of what it means to deliver the role beneath the title. So good first step for any business seeking to improve how they manage changes in. Defined accountable roles, even for Stakeholders, people supported to perform them with rewards and recognition and value placed on delivering results in these roles.
The trap to avoid. Moving people into special projects as a mechanism to avoid facing into performance or other issues. Projects are the future of the business not a graveyard shift.