What is a “Team Sponsor” *

A team sponsor is either an individual or a group who is accountable for the ultimate success of the team.  They “charter” a team, i.e. they decide the following information and communicate it to the team.  They support the team in a way that allows the team to do most of the team activities by themselves but get involved when their position power and influence is needed.

Team Sponsorship Responsibilities *

  • Believes strongly in the team’s purpose
  • Align’s the team purpose with the organization’s strategy
  • Has a clear vision and an understanding of expectations for the team
  • Communicates scope of the project (what’s in, what’s out) and what decisions need approval first
  • Has taken into consideration the team’s vision of their purpose
  • Helps team address resistance in the organization
  • Authorizes necessary resources (budget, people, data, etc.)
  • Demonstrates commitment to the purpose of the team
  • Assigns the right people to the team; identifies others who need to be kept informed
  • Addresses performance management incentives to reward accomplishments
  • Clarifies deliverables (decisions, proposals, designs, reports), measures of success, milestones, and deadlines
  • Removes barriers for the team
  • Engages in periodic reviews of progress
  • Helps team determine priorities

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Once the sponsor has engaged in the above activities, the team fills out their Team Charter and reviews it with input from the sponsor(s) at the first status meeting.

 

Sources *

How to Be an Effective Sponsor…

 

Rita SterlingTeam Sponsorship