3B-3 – Project Champions

Project Champions are individuals who are deeply committed to the success of the project. They will normally go to “bat” for the project manager ( and for the project) especially when difficulties arise during the execution of the project.

Champions can be:

  1. —creative originators
  2. —entrepreneurs
  3. —godfathers or sponsors
  4. —project managers

Champions serve in different roles including the following  which are considered as traditional roles:

Traditional Duties

  • —technical understanding
  • —leadership
  • —coordination & control
  • —obtaining resources
  • —administrative

They sometimes also perform non-traditional roles such as:

Nontraditional Duties

  • cheerleader
  • visionary
  • politician
  • risk taker
  • ambassador