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How important is project governance?
Milvio 11 Jun 2016 02:01
Can a project be successful without an effective governance framework in place? PRINCE2 provides us with roles and responsibilities of the project board members, and highlights the importance of the project executive. But unfortunately it does not provide any guidance as to the structure or even some guiding principles as this would be different to each organisation. 

So how important is project governance in terms of project success and can the skill and experience of the project manager overcome any deficiencies?
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12 Jun 2016 23:15
Can a project be successful? Yes, but only through the skill of the project manager.
Governance is really important to ensure a few things - that the project is doing what it said it should; that the project manager is doing their job; and that the organisation is happy with progress. Without this it is far to easy for decisions to be made that aren't necessarily right, or traceable.

You can succeed, but life is so much easier with the governance in place.
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19 Dec 2017 08:17
A good governance makes life definitely easy for everyone.
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14 Jun 2016 10:24
A good project is said to  be completed not when it is delivered ,only when it is delivered in the right way. Just imagine a project running with no clear Roles and Responsibilities ...no escalation mechanism in place and where do people even go to voice their views and get resolution from?

One of the main reasons for project failure is lack of Governance and that's the one makes the information flow from the lower most team member to the top level and brings back the answer for his/her  query. ( 360 degree communications)
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15 Jun 2016 12:20
RR Annamalai wrote: A good project is said to  be completed not when it is delivered ,only when it is delivered in the right way. Just imagine a project running with no clear Roles and Responsibilities ...no escalation mechanism in place and where do people even go to voice their views and get resolution from?

One of the main reasons for project failure is lack of Governance and that's the one makes the information flow from the lower most team member to the top level and brings back the answer for his/her  query. ( 360 degree communications)


Absolutely! Good governance is important for when an exception occurs, for ad hoc direction and to enable management by stages amongst other things. Good governance is responsible for the success of the business case and is integral for effective risk and change control. Lastly, who will ensure the project stays within tolerance? 
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16 Jun 2016 00:34
And, it's important for making sure the handover to business is carried out and that someone will review the benefits later in time.
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15 Jan 2018 17:58
it's the first thing I do on day one of a project (or inheriting a project) is understand the governance of the organisation and then design or confirm the governance for the project. Without the structure, I would find managing the project far more challenging. 
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10 Mar 2018 06:47
There is a great book by Colin D Ellis that’s adeptly titled The Projects rots from the Head. But the best governance structures comes from having top down, bottom up and sideways commitment from the entire organisation, where strategy meets planning, where execution meets objectives and finally, where deliverables meet customer expectations.
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15 May 2018 13:13
One practical thing to look for is that it can often seem attractive for senior people to put their name to a project, but they sometimes expect to be a figurehead rather than an active participant. It's important that governance stakeholders properly understand their role and are prepared to be engaged, to remove obstacles and speak to the rest of the business on behalf of the project.
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18 May 2018 20:28
I find that the greatest project challenge is behavioural and yet this is often overlooked and / or glossed over by governance bodies. It is all too easy to adopt structures and roles in name only. Many organisations that need to change, and believe they can, still struggle to be collectively self-reflective about their behaviours and how they risk preventing their own success. Effective governance is absolutely essential to deliver long-term success, make project investment worthwhile and generate the culture sets that succeed, generate organisational, team and individual value and enjoyment from what they do.
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