I read this book from the perspective of a project manager who has experienced projects both with and without committed project sponsorship. If you've managed a project without proper sponsorship, you may find the pages in this book echoing your painful experience. I could identify with it all, and for that reason I can easily endorse reading this book.
Englund and Bucero have been there, that's easy to see. The books hammers home how critical project sponsorship is and it offers the tools and guidance to do it. I have sometimes felt my company, much like our clients, felt that initiating a project was like pulling up to a drive-up window and placing an order. It was just that simple, give the order, then drive around to collect the result with nothing occurring in between. This book focuses on just what needs to happen in supporting a project from beginning through the end, including the project review. Following the advice in this book could help in developing your company culture, bringing together the commitments of all - the sponsor, the project team--and your customer's team too.
The authors truly reveal their experience in emphasizing the value of principled approaches over quick fixes and other misguided pressures that will push a project off target. That's a tough thing to confront, I've found. Getting your company some training in project sponsorship might go a long way in strengthening your company's performance. Read the book. See what you think. (If you're the PM reading the book, pass it along to the project sponsor when you're done.)
Project Sponsorship explores in depth the sponsorship role and responsibilities. I wish some of my former bosses would read it. If every sponsor would know and feel comfortable with their organizational and management cultures with a view into their projects and priorities many hardships endured on projects would be avoided.
The assessments contained to evaluate culture in regards to sponsorship were extremely valuable. They identified trouble areas of my current project accurately as lack of commitment, cultural mismatch and transition planning. The sponsor was categorized as a risk in understanding the need and not effectively understanding the organizational change necessary to support the project.
Overall for me the book's message to develop sponsors that can be responsible for another person, group and/or project without taking responsibility for the person's personal objectives was profoundly communicated. An example of some of the excellent advice within this book is using Project Portfolio Management focus in order to not over complicate engineers with process and procedures. After reading this book it was clear that the sponsor does play a major role in optimizing outcome.
Over the past decades, I have been involved in many projects/programs by covering a variety of roles. What I have noted is that there is a widespread perception that executives do not do enough to support the delivery of projects. In my opinion, this is only partially true. The real problem is that, as project managers, "we get the sponsors we deserve". In other words, project sponsorship fully relies upon our ability to cultivate and stimulate our sponsors every day. This is the underlying message of this book and for this reason I strongly suggest to adopt it as a "secret weapon" for conquering project sponsorship and therefore living better. Walter Ginevri
There is barely any exception to the rule - the Sponsor plays a pivotal role in the life of a project. His interest in it, his support, his guidance, his peer interventions are all Critical Success Factors. But how to harness the power of a sponsor ?
Here it comes this book, in 10 down-to-earth steps, easy to read language demystifying the whole project sponsorship concept and the process to make it work. A must-read for both Project Managers and their Executives.
Project failure hide, I fear you not anymore! Alexander Matthey, PMP
This book is easy to read and it is a relevant book that offers project managers several case studies that show how successful projects are linked to executive support. A must read for all project managers and their respective Executives in organizations. This book should be part of any MBA and Master in project Management Program at Business Schools. I liked the real stories and the clear description from the authors.
This book explains well what project sponsorship is all about. It covers general project sponsorship concepts based on PMBoK, and also introduces sponsorship concepts for client-based projects.
I really like about the book that it is written for both the experienced project manager and the curious novice project manager. It is easy to comprehend without sounding trivial. Examples and illustrations help to understand the material. It is one of the rare project management books that you can pick up and read for fun after a long work day. Enjoy Reading!
Colleagues Englund and Bucero have opened the door to the hidden room of PM success, that of Sponsorship! Without a Sponsor, you don't have a project, and your keys to success are lost.
- Bob L. Storeygard, PMP
Project Manager for Traffic & Vehicle Systems Projects
3M Traffic Safety Systems Division
Project Sponsorship- Achieving Management Commitment for Project Success - is a timely and relevant book that offers project managers a look at case studies that show how successful projects are linked to executive support. A must read for all project managers and their respective Executives!
- Louis J. Mercken
Chairman of the Board of Threon Europe & former Chair of the Project Management Institute