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Project Management Process – Phase 1 – Initiating – Identify Project Sponsor (#3 in the Hut Project Management Process)
By John Filicetti


Organizations attempt to accomplish many things at the same time with limited resources. Competing demands make it difficult for project teams to get management attention and commitment of resources needed for their projects to succeed.

The role of the project sponsor is to:

  • Ensure timely decision making
  • Advocate for needed resources
  • Overcome organizational conflicts and barriers to project performance
  • Responsible for appointing and coaching the project manager.

This requires that the sponsor be a member of the top management team of the performing organization with the ability to make key decisions and influence key stakeholder groups.


  • Identify the member of management, in the performing organization, with the greatest stake in the project outcome
  • Make sure the candidate has a track record of success sponsoring similar projects
  • Check with candidate to ensure availability and commitment to the project
  • Get concurrence among members of the management team
  • Announce sponsorship to key project stakeholders.


Owner of This Step

  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Other Corporate/Divisional/Department Management and other Resources as necessary

Next in the Hut Project Management Process:

Project Management Process – Phase 1 – Initiating – Appoint Project Manager

Previously in the Hut Project Management Process:

Project Management Process – Phase 1 – Initiating – Identify Project Alternatives

John F. Filicetti, PMP, MBA
John Filicetti is a Sr. Sales Engineer/PM-PMO-PPM Consultant with a great depth of experience and expertise in enterprise project management, project management methodologies, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Project Management Offices (PMOs), Governance, process consulting, and business management. John has directed and managed project management teams, created and implemented methodologies and practices, provided project management consulting, created and directed PMOs, and created consulting and professional services in such areas as project portfolio management, Governance, business process re-engineering, network systems integration, application development, infrastructure, and complex environments. John has enjoyed many years as PMO Director for large corpoations in the Seattle area and leads the PMO Roundtable discussion group and forum.

John has attained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education/Technology from Washington State University and an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

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