Project governance

For example, in the familiar fable about the blind men and the elephant (see Appendix), each “blind man” “sees” a different aspect of the elephant and forms a mental model about the beast, called an elephant from that aspect alone. In other words, every person may see a different aspect of something and form the idea of what it is from that aspect alone. So, when the blind men talk about the issue, each one may be talking about an “elephant,” but each is actually referring to something different. So, the fable proposes that they will “rail on in utter ignorance of what each other mean. And prate about an elephant, not one of them has seen.”

The governance framework will provide “instructions” on how to deal with issues on the project. Not only does it define whom the issues impacts, but also it details mechanisms for how to deal with the issues. It ensures that the appropriate review on the issues is done and who are the key points of contact for addressing and approving any deviations in the project requirements. Project governance provides direction and defines decision-making procedures and metrics for validating impacts to the project. It also enables the project team to deliver on requirements and creates a forum for issue resolution to occur in a timely manner.

Project governance

project governance


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