Perks of Having a Steering Committee

A steering committee helps to keep your projects on track. It is a centralized governance body that hosts the top honchos of the company. They get to decide the fate of a business case by giving the needed support and suggestions at the beginning of the project. In this article, Leigh Espy shares the perks of having a steering committee and how you can build one.

Tidbits on Steering Committee

Members in the steering committee decide the strategies your project can fulfill. Though they do not work directly for the project, they ensure it provides value to the organization. Highly influential stakeholders form this group and have vested interest in the project. Ensure that the team includes people from diverse departments like accounts, HR, and compliance and customers. You should also encourage end-user representation in the steering committee to deliver products per their expectations.

Common Responsibilities

  • Guide projects towards strategic goals
  • Discover project objectives and plans
  • Make sure projects align with corporate strategies
  • Analyze if budget, schedule, and resources are in line with stakeholder interests
  • Establish expectations to meet goals
  • Manage issues in multi-departmental coordination
  • Contribute valuable insights to project teams
  • Detect risks and promote project wins
  • Prioritize tasks and approve changes

Committee Meeting Activities

  • Go through past tasks and evaluate their progress in the steering committee meetings
  • Evaluate the project status report shared by project managers
  • Analyze documents regarding budget, deliveries, and milestones
  • Point out and talk about challenges
  • Identify the next set of actionable steps

Reasons for Inefficacy

  • Clash or overlap of stakeholder expectations
  • Misunderstanding of ideas due to improper communication protocols
  • Dominance of senior management decisions
  • Stalling of critical project decisions
  • Unclear roles and responsibilities

Though it is difficult to keep all the stakeholders happy simultaneously, their participation enables organizations to fulfill strategic goals and avoid risks at the right time.

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Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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