Research suggests one common denominator across all successful projects; An active and committed project owner who engages directly with the project on an ongoing basis.
Active project ownership creates strategic impact and ensures organizational commitment. However, the key here is the word active. It is not enough for the project owner to just commission a task. He or she must be actively involved in the realization of the desired impact of the project.
A project owner must be able to build consensus around the project’s impact targets within the organization, ensure relevant resources, and lead the way toward achieving the target.
- Own the impact - Pave the way for impact creation
Create a mutual vision with clear impact objectives. Make it happen by participating in the Impact Solution Design workshops. Accelerate behavioral change in the organisation and ensure that the project is able to operate smoothly.
- Ensure resource commitment - +50% allocation of high caliber people
The project owner needs to ensure proper resources at the right time throughout the project. This is done by allocating high caliber resources for the project with top and mid-level management.
- Show up and engage - At least 2 hours every week
Through his or her presence, the project owner demonstrates the importance of the project and through direct contact he or she conveys leadership and decisions. The two dedicated hours might be invested as one hour in regular meetings included in the project rhythm (such as a biweekly project owner meeting and a biweekly review meeting) and one hour for informal touchpoints. To make availability for active ownership and decision making a maximum of three projects for each project owner is recommended. We encourage the mantra: Own it, or leave it!