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

Published: 10 June 2016

ID: G00304836

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
  • Put in Place a Governance Structure That Reflects Your Ownership Responsibility
  • Maximize Your Own Effectiveness With Decisions Only You Can Make
  • Continually Review Value for Money and Policy Conformance
  • Ensure Program-Driven Organizational Change Is Managed and Effective
  • Determine Whether Third-Party, Independent Review and Reporting Are Required

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