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Some people consider the project manager to be on top of the project team structure, whereas most methods have good reasons to have another role above their project managers: a senior manager in the company (preferably an executive) who can

  • provide the project with money and other resources with their organizational power, and
  • make high-level, sensitive decisions based on their familiarity with the strategies of the organization.

Both of these are not possible for most project managers because they usually don’t have higher organizational powers. The person who takes the role above is called a sponsor in and many other resources, an executive in PRINCE2®, and a business sponsor in DSDM®.

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