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On the role of project sponsor vis-à-vis project manager experiences vs expectations - Part I

We now wish to pick up on one of the intriguing points we have been debating among ourselves while writing our first blog. There is a general, broadly agreed understanding among the community of project management (PM) practitioners about what the Project Manager role entails and what it means i.e, ‘doing it professionally’ ,  this includes controlling project work on day-to-day basis and preparing the documentation to support project related decision making (see our blog on paralysis by absence of decisions).

On the role of project sponsor vis-à-vis project manager experiences vs expectations - Part II

 

Consultant Jason Sprague and Dr Svetlana Cicmil discuss real world issues such as understanding the project sponsor.

Empirical Project Management: Agile estimation and being "Done"

"Theory without empirical evidence to test it, is simply a story" (Alberts, 2011, p. 36). Alberts said this in the context of people's ability to estimate the probability of rare events but the observation equally applies to estimating in general. Teams using Lean-Agile take an empirical approach; they test and retest their plans with evidence of progress so that corrective action can be taken as soon as possible.

Paralysis by absence of decisions – does this sound familiar? Part 2

Consultant Jason Sprague and Dr Svetlana Cicmil discuss real world issues such as project paralysis  and in particular why would a project be restarted three times with no delivery, incurring a capital cost of £15 million of public money and operational and sunk costs of approx £250 million over 10 years?

Paralysis by absence of decisions – does this sound familiar?

Svetlana Cicmil PhD, MBA BSc (Civ. Eng) and  a practitioner Jason Sprague MBA have been in conversation about the real problem of project paralysis. Over the past three years, working as a consultant with client-based project teams, the most significant challenge and most difficult part of any project, from my experience, has been the relationship between the Project Manager (PM), the Project Sponsor (PS) and the process of project governance.

The Institute

The newly created Project Management Research institute provides a focus on collaborative research excellence in project management. Read more..