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Congratulations! You're an Executive Program Sponsor. Now What?

Published: 22 May 2014

ID: G00264256

Analyst(s): Michael Hanford


Nothing enables program success better than a good executive program sponsor. Easy? No. Important? Yes! This research explains the executive sponsor role, summarizes where sponsors can impact and make major contributions during the program startup stage, and offers advice on decisions and actions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Treat the Program Effort Like a New Business Startup to Get the Program Off to a Fast and Effective Start
  • Put in Place a Governance Structure That Is Effective and Well-Understood to Surface and Address Needed Actions and Required Decisions
  • Maximize Your Own Effectiveness by Delegating the Program's Day-by-Day Management, While Ensuring Key Decisions Flow Back Only to You
  • Continually Review Value-for-Money and Finance Policy Conformance of the Program's Spend Plan and Budget
  • Ensure Program-Driven Organizational Change Is Identified, Owned and Completed to Maximize Strategic Results and Realized Benefits
  • Determine If Third-Party Review and Reporting Are Required to Give You an Independent (and Actionable) Window Into Real Progress, Quality and Results

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