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The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-ups, and How to Cut Them off at the Pass by Lonnie Pacelli

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Screw-up#5We Didn't Have the Right Sponsorship

Some years back I was appointed the lead program manager on an initiative which had as its objective to consolidate a number of disparate order management systems into a single system which supported all of the company's order management needs. There were about five program managers working with me who each dragged in their respective customers to participate in the project. The project was sponsored by the IT organization with no sponsorship from the business owner. The project lumbered along for about two months with the customers continually questioning why they were working on a project that wasn't on their manager's radar. The business owner finally had enough and called IT management and the ...

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