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Governance Of Project Management

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 31st January 2014

Question 3 from Exam Paper for comment etc – just a straight read across from the BoK.  Is this acceptable an answer.  Obviously won’t have the BoK for the exam.

Governance of Project Management

Question a

Explain the overall aim of project governance

Question b

Explain what each of the following four components of project governance seek to ensure:

  • Portfolio direction
  • Project sponsorship
  • Project management effectiveness and efficiency
  • Disclosure and reporting

Answer a

The overall aim of project governance is to ensure those areas of corporate governance that are specifically related to the project environment are implemented.  This ensures that an organisations project portfolio aligns to the organisation’s strategic objectives, is delivered efficiently, is sustainable and failures are avoided

Answer b

Portfolio direction – seeks to ensure that all an organisations projects are identified within one portfolio.  Projects should be evaluated and directed mindful of the organisation’s strategic aims and constraints. 

Project sponsorship – seeks to ensure an effective link between the senior executive body and the management of the project.  The sponsoring role has decision making, directing and representational accountability.

Project management effectiveness and efficiency – seeks to ensure that the teams responsible for the project are capable of achieving the objectives that are defined at project approval points.

Disclosure and reporting – seeks to ensure that the content of project reports will provide timely, relevant and reliable information that supports the organisation’s decision making processes.  It is important to distinguish between key drivers for success and key indicators of success.  An effective reporting process will therefore include measures of both.

  1. Paul says:

    @linda I think an examples for each paragraph would really help with the marks remember with explain questions you get five marks for a statement of fact and a further 5 marks for demonstrating further understanding with examples or demonstrating why something is important.

    So the first one becomes

    Portfolio direction – seeks to ensure that all an organisations projects are identified within one portfolio. Projects should be evaluated and directed mindful of the organisation’s strategic aims and constraints. For examples an organisation might evaluates each project against to corporate goals and only those that fit with the strategy would be approved for funding.

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