Project teams struggle when roles and responsibilities are not clearly defined. When you take the time to understand and appreciate some of the key members of a project team up front, you avoid confusion and unnecessary challenges. In this course, Working with Project Managers and Project Sponsors, you will gain the ability to clearly define project leadership roles. First, you will learn what a project, program, and portfolio are and how they fit into an organization’s goals and objectives. Next, you will discover the different responsibilities and expected deliverables for the Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Project Sponsor. Finally, you will explore how to strengthen the relationship between the three roles, helping to ensure project success. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with a Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Project Sponsor.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Tracy Borchert, and welcome to my course, Working with Project Managers and Project Sponsors. I am a senior advisor in leadership, project management, change management, and corporate culture. This course is based not only on project management best practices, but the examples are similar to scenarios that you will come across in your professional career. Project teams often fail because of the lack of clarity around the roles and responsibilities of the project manager, business analyst, and project sponsor. In this course, we will not only review each of these roles, but we will talk about the different deliverables that they are responsible for, using projects scenarios to help you understand the material. I will also give you some tools that you can use with your project team, starting today. Some of the major topics that we will cover include project, program, and portfolio definitions, organizational goals and objectives, the roles, responsibilities, and relationship of the project manager, business analyst, and project sponsor, and finally, we will review the project deliverables, including a business case, charter, business analysis plan, and many more. By the end of this course, you'll not only understand the role of the project manager, business analyst, and the project sponsor, but you will also appreciate why their relationship is critical to the success of the project. This course is a beginner‑level introduction to basic concepts and project management, so no previous experience is needed. I hope that you'll join me on this journey to learn more about these critical roles in a project team with the Working with Project Managers and Project Sponsors course, at Pluralsight.