Top 4 Ways to Get Your Project Approved
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by Rebecca Langdon
There is often a fair amount of work to do before a Project Manager can take their business case
forward to seek approval. There are 5 top tips below to assist you in getting your Project approved
without a hitch.
Clear business case
The business case should be really clear and it should stack up. It should be obvious to someone
picking up the document, why it is a good idea to do the Project. It may not be an economic reason
for doing the project, and where the project is a net cost to the business, there may need to be
additional work to convince senior management to open the purse strings.
Ask a colleague to go through the business case you have produced and ask some of the tough
questions which you may face when it goes forward for approval. Whilst this may not be enjoyable,
it will help you to prepare for the questions you may get at a later stage.
Having the right project sponsor
It is not always possible for the Project Manager to pick the Project Sponsor. However where
possible, lobby to ensure that you get a Project Sponsor who will actually back the project within the
organisation, remove barriers, and assist you to ensure it gets the level of senior management
attention it requires. If you do not get to cherry pick your Sponsor, put a lot of time and effort into
ensuring they are completely behind the business case you have pulled together.
Have alternatives/trade offs
Be ready to not get everything signed off that you have in scope. You may be asked to trade off
certain factors, so it is useful to come prepared with a view of what you can trade and what you
can’t without putting the project at risk before it starts.
I may have exaggerated when I said that following these tips will get all of your Projects approved
without any issues, however following them will certainly increase your chances of getting sign off