Project in trouble, who is to blame: Project Manager or Project Owner?

138 the consequencesI came across a picture of one of my favourite photographers Gilbert Garcin called consequences. This reminded me of last week’s project board awareness workshop which I facilitated. We discussed among other things roles and responsibilities of the project executive.

Who has to leave when a project is in trouble, or at risk? When the situation can’t be solved? In most cases you see that it’s the project manager who will be accused. But is this always correct?

Before you can take such a step, you must ask yourself:

  • Did the project owner, the sponsor, enough to support the project manager?
  • Was the project owner available when the project manager needed him?
  • Was the project owner aware what kept the project manager awake? Did the project owner make a step forward to help solving the issue?
  • Did the owner enough to communicate the business case to the organization to create a sense of urgency fort his project? to generate commitment for the project?
  • Did the project owner made decisions when needed?
  • Could the project owner explain what is happening in the project?
  • Did the project owner give a clear mandate to the project manager?
  • Did the project owner control the project manager?

If one or more of these questions are answered with no, you have to ask yourself if replacing the project manager will solve the problem.

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