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Purpose of the Project Board / SRO (Senior Responsible Owner)
By The Office of Government Commerce – OGC, UK

The SRO (Senior Responsible Owner) is responsible for providing approvals and decisions affecting project progress and delivery throughout the project. To fulfil these responsibilities, the SRO may require the support of a project board. Project board members should be formally appointed by the SRO, with specific remit to assist in decision-making and on-going progress of the project.

The project board should always be chaired by the SRO, who takes executive responsibility for decisions relating to the project. Its membership should include a single individual who represents those senior managers who have an interest in the project and whose activities will be affected by the project; this individual should also represent the end users to promote their concerns and interests. In addition, a senior representative of the suppliers can be invited to the board to provide their perspective and expertise. Depending on the nature of the project other people’s expert opinion may be sought to provide input to decisions made by the SRO as the board’s executive. For example, the views of corporate or programme management, technical specialists, other key stakeholders (perhaps from other departments) may be required. However, it is important to note that the membership of the board should not exceed the SRO as executive, the stakeholder representative and a senior technical expert (typically from the supplier organisation).

The Project Board provides the owner with stakeholder/technical input to decisions affecting the project; ultimate authority and accountability resides with the SRO.

Successful delivery toolkit, the Office of Government Commerce – © Crown Copyright 2008

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