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Specific Responsibilities of the Project Board
By The Office of Government Commerce – OGC, UK

The project board’s executive (the SRO – Senior Responsible Owner) is responsible for:

  • Appointing the Project Sponsor/Project Director (and Project Manager, where these roles are combined) and agreeing his/her remit and delegated authority;
  • Signing off the Project Brief and Project Initiation Document or equivalent;
  • Agreeing all major plans;
  • Authorising any major deviations from the agreed stage plans;
  • Signing off the completion of each stage, including the deliverables, and giving approval to start the subsequent stage;
  • Communicating information about the project to the organisation(s) and stakeholder groups as necessary;
  • Ensuring that the required resources are available;
  • Resolving any conflicts escalated by the project team, client or supplier;
  • Agreeing the project tolerances for time, quality and cost;
  • Providing overall strategic guidance for the project;
  • The risk(s) associated with the project;
  • The quality assurance for the project;
  • Providing advice and direction to the Project Sponsor/Project Director;
  • Approving the end project report and the lessons learned report;
  • Ensuring that a post implementation review (or post project review) is scheduled and takes place;
  • Resolving deviations from plans or escalating as necessary;
  • Resolving conflicts between project team, end users and suppliers or escalating as necessary.

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