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Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:36 am
by nirajsys@gmail.com
What is the MOST applicable responsibility of a Project Sponsor?

A.To ensure the project is within the budget, schedule, scope and quality standards

B.To achieve the project objectives

C.To be ultimately responsible for the project's success

D.To perform the project work

Answer given is option C.

Who is responsible to achieve project objective - PM or sponsor?

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:29 am
by kushalks87
it would be PM. Sponsor is sort of senior authority who provides support to project team in terms of budget and protects project from unwanted deviations.when i say unwanted deviations i reference probably a CR which is altogether a different project.

PM would need to accomplish things as chalked out in the project plan which are more or less the objective as well

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:47 pm
by nirajsys@gmail.com
Does that mean that PM is not responsible for project success?

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:35 pm
by kushalks87
PM is however sponsor is the person who supports the pm in making the project success.

for example there is a CR which post analysis turns out to be a completely new project however the stakeholder is hell bent on treating this as part of the existing scope. in such ocassions when PM's negotiation fails it becomes sponsors responsibility to make them understand things.

sorry but cannot think of any other explanation on this. Manish sir might have better example as always :)

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:55 pm
by manishpn
nirajsys@gmail.com wrote:What is the MOST applicable responsibility of a Project Sponsor?

A.To ensure the project is within the budget, schedule, scope and quality standards - This is operation day to day tasks and is mainly PMS role

B.To achieve the project objectives - This is primarily PM with help of Sponsor and other stakeholder, but project objectives are owned by PM

C.To be ultimately responsible for the project's success -

D.To perform the project work - Sponsor if not a good option for this

Answer given is option C.

Who is responsible to achieve project objective - PM or sponsor?


2 ways to handle this, one is through elimination and other is thinking through RACI angle

If you look at it from RACI angle
for option C, PM is responsible but sponsor is Accountable, so while PM has to implement, sponsor is accountable to ensure that Project is executed in right way

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:15 am
by nazrulq
Sponsor is the person or group who provides resources and support for the project and is accountable for enabling of project success.

PMBOK Section 2.2.1 Page- 32

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:46 am
by kushalks87
If you have rita mulchay book you can read the role of sponsor in stakeholder management chapter i think. thats pretty much exhaustive list as to what sponsor does and you will have answer to your question

Re: Sponsor : most applicable responsibility

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:25 pm
by komal
PM will be giving direction and managing that but Sponsor is leading everything in terms of success.