The Business Analyst/Project Manager’s Guide to Managing the Difficult Sponsor

Part of the challenge that the Project Manager faces is the reality of having to serve so many different stakeholders and sometimes being pulled in very different directions.  We’re often taught that our “sponsor” is the person who is the champion of the effort.  Indeed, they are often the one we’re to seek out for support and issue resolution throughout the project.  But what do you do when your sponsor IS the problem???  This presentation explores a few different varieties of the “difficult sponsor” and provides tips on how they can be managed for optimum success.

  • Sponsor Type 1 – I hope you don’t mind me intimidating everyone with my overbearing nature at your team meetings…I’m just trying to help you speed things along.
  • Sponsor Type 2 – I’m not exactly clear on what I’m looking for, but I’ll be sure to hold you responsible when I don’t get it…
  • Sponsor Type 3 – Would you please boil the ocean? (and solve world peace too while you’re at it)
This topic can be presented as a full-day training or a 1-2 hour speaking engagement.