Project Management for Dummies

We will cover the basics of project management - Defining, Planning, Communicating, Implementing, Refining and Evaluating

Project Stakeholders

Who is the person with final accountability for the Project?

In Project Management, it is critical to identify the key stakeholders before commencing your project planning phase. Most projects will have both Internal Stakeholders (people who work for the Organisation) and External Stakeholders (people who are outside the Organisation).

Internal Stakeholders can include some or all of the following people / groups:

The Project Sponsor. This person has final accountability for the project and will typically control the project budget.

The Internal Client. This person or team would be the one(s) in the Organisation affected by the project being delivered.

The Project Team. This is the team responsible for planning and delivering the project.

The Program Manager. This person leads the project team and is the person held responsible for delivery by the Project Sponsor.

Senior Management. Senior management takes accountability for the strategic direction of the Organisation, of which this project makes up a part.

External Stakeholders can include some or all of the following people / groups:

The External Client. This person or group of people would be the one(s) outside the Organisation affected by the project being delivered.

Suppliers. These people or Organisations supply products or services needed to successfully deliver the project.

Local Communities. These are people who may be affected indirectly by the delivery of the project (e.g. a school being able to be gifted the outdated software that we no longer need once implementing newer software).  

  • Project Sponsor
  • Project Team
  • Program Manager
  • Client

Defining the Project

What is the most important part of defining your project?

  • Being clear about what you want to achieve
  • Making sure you are the most important person on the team