The importance of Project Governance to a business

Written by Greg Enemoh

Greg joined Counterpart in 2018 as Head of Professional Services and has over 20 years of consulting experience and a proven record in advising international Corporations on Strategic Business Change across geographic, cultural and regulatory/compliance boundaries.​ He has successfully helped executives understand and deliver digital change across global companies such as Thompson Reuters, CitiGroup, RBS, BNP Paribas and General Motors.

18th October 2022

Why is Project Governance so important to a business?

What is Project Governance?
The term governance was derived from the Latin word “gubernare” which means to steer highlighting the dynamic mechanism in front of an everchanging environment.

However, Project Governance is defined differently across industries and enterprises. The Association of Project Management (APM) states that “Governance refers to the set of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of projects, programmes and portfolios”.

What should your governance system include?

Balance – providing the right equilibrium between control and coordinating in order to allow for growth.
Actions – appropriate insight of all the responsibilities of the business so that they can be properly carried out.
Flexibility – organise the enterprise to suit the current needs and then adapt and evaluate over time.
Rewards – create the right incentives so that employees properly motivated

What should you look for when searching for an effective cloud-based Governance solution?

It should set out an internal and external governance framework. There should be a portfolio and program management approach to projects overseeing the initiatives of the organisation or project management stage-gate processes tackling the project itself.
The project manager should be able to assign and allocate resources respectively to their roles and structure.
The ability to engage with the stakeholders with an all-encompassing system that ease communication.
The facility to add and manage risks dynamically across the project lifecycle.
A reporting system that has the ability to extrapolate different reports at different times in the project lifecycle including budget, risks, issues, project status and timesheets.

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