Michiel van der Molen – Successful Project Sponsorship: A Time-Saver for the Busy Executive

projectsponsorshipMany books on project management are written from a project manager’s perspective. The same goes for the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), the framework endorsed by PMI. While PRINCE2 devotes explicit attention to the role of the project board, executive sponsor, directing a project, a continuous business justification and management by exception, fellow Dutch Michiel van der Molen discovered a hiatus in the theoretical and practical support the project sponsor.

Successful Project Sponsorship: A Time-Saver for the Busy Executive is the English version of Van der Molen’s Dutch best selling paperback¬†Projectmanagement voor opdrachtgevers. De vier principes van succesvol opdrachtgeverschap (5th edition since 2003 out in 2013). The Dutch version evolved with the emergence of PRINCE2 project method and agile ways of conducting projects. For the U.S. market alignment with PMBOK was a logical next step to embed in the English version.

The book’s divided in 3 main parts. In the first series of chapters the 4 core principles of project sponsorship are covered: share the business case, ¬†organize ownership, focus on deliverables, and empower the project manager. In the second part the author continues a little deeper providing answers to challenges like the creation of a strategy, changing requirements, budget restrictions and engaging with a project manager. The third part contains many practical advices on a learning programme or improvement strategy to take project sponsorship and directing a project to the next level in your organization.

The book ends with a set of appendices explaining project management terms, describing the highlights of both PRINCE2, PMBOK and agile. Project management professionals on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean can benefit from Van der Molen’s book. It’s accessible, practical and time-saving.

About the author

Michiel van der Molen, MSc, is a consultant and trainer in project governance, change management and benefits management. He has held the roles of project sponsor, project manager, management trainer and consultant, and has managed teams of project managers for many years. He has worked in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Tanzania. Currently co-owner of Molen & Molen, he helps organizations to achieve professional project governance. He has written several bestselling books for the Dutch market about project governance, business case management and benefits management.

I got a free review copy from publisher Kogan through Netgalley without strings attached.