Role play

Projects succeed only when each participant fully understands their role and their responsibilities--and performs this role and fulfills these responsibilities. Based on the white paper "Managing Senior Executives: Getting the Right Support, at the Right Level, and at the Right Time for Your Project," which Michael Campbell presented at the PMI Global Congress 2007--North America (Atlanta, GA, USA), this article discusses how project managers can ensure senior executives and project sponsors understand the role they must play and the responsibilities they must fulfill. In doing so, it describes how a senior executive's authority can move projects forward; it identifies the individuals who should serve as a project's champion. It also explains the concept of a working group, noting its members and its purpose in relation to managing projects and working with project sponsors and project champions. It then looks at how Swedbank developed a hands-on project role for executives and project champions, defining the
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