What is it exactly that is in a project board’s reign of authority? A project board is a necessary group for an organization to execute projects well. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin explores the functions of the project board, and where things may be going awry.
Playing the Board Game
A project board is a group of key stakeholders who all have a vested interest in the project’s success. They meet on a regular basis and develop strategies that lead to project success. The chair of the board is the project sponsor. A project with a board backing does not immediately guarantee success because there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. There are four areas that can dramatically impact the success of a project:
- No senior ownership
- No invested interest in the project
- They are useless.
- No sponsor
The project board needs to be composed of the right people who are authoritative enough to actively make the decisions that project needs. When there is no clear-cut path for decision-making, projects can end up stalling. The opposite could occur as well, when there are too many people on the board and they all want authority.
The project board needs to have dedicated people driving it, and when they are uninterested, things tend to not get done. There should be some debate at meetings and someone to challenge ideas. This shows interest. However, sometimes the project board is composed of good people who like the idea and support it, but have no idea how to execute it. In this type of scenario, the specific benefits each member can reap from the project need to explicitly be spelled out.
More often than not, the idea for the project derives from a suggestion from the sponsor. Sometimes this sponsor is absent because they do not want the responsibility of administering a project. They have a lot of demands to balance at once and they sometimes struggle with this. Project sponsors can benefit from training so they can be present and make decisions.
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