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Project assessments and decision gates as governance tools

Most governance frameworks include some sort of decision gates. The decision gates are called different things, like stage gates, gateways etc. but are basically the same thing. These are decision points, key points in time where the investment (the project) is assessed and decisions made about the future. The key actor(s) here is the owner(s). It is the owner that has to make the decisions concerning whether to, or how to, continue.

Governance frameworks for projects

Through a series of blog posts I have discussed governance as a phenomenon; what it is and why it is so important. Further, we have looked at how organizations can organize for good project governance, and a framework for how the individuals pointed out by the organization can function as an efficient link between the permanent organization and the project. I believe it is time to return to the start of this journey: The PMI report on Governance frameworks (Klakegg, Williams and Magnussen 2009).

Governance of Project Management

This blog borrows the headline from a Special Interest Group of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. I first became interested in their work almost ten years ago when I discovered the small booklet called “Directing change; A guide to governance of project management” (APM 2002). It was useful to me as an eye-opener to the fact that someone has to be responsible for the way the organization perform their project management. Not for the performance of each individual project (we have project sponsors and project managers for those purposes), but there is something more.

Sponsors in Governance (part two)

Sponsors are the owner’s representatives in linking positions between the project and its parent organisation, in sponsors in governance part one we reviewed the  sponsors role in governance and we move on to consider how situational sponsorship (see book club) helps sponsors and project managers understand how to be better at governance.

Sponsors in Governance (part one)

In how to organize for good governance, I focussed on  governors in particular. Project governors are executives put in a position to make decisions on projects, their assignment is often associated with traditional hierarchical governance. I also touched on sponsors on whom I will now focus. Sponsors are the owner’s representatives in linking positions between the project and its parent organisation. 

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