Ensuring that the project is progressing on time and within budget.
Ensuring that the project manager understands regulations.
Dealing with organizational red-tape to help a project be successful.
But, what do you do when you feel like your project sponsor is working against you? It can adversely affect your project and cause your team to suffer. There are ways, however, to deal with a difficult sponsor.
Get to know your project sponsor. Know what his goals for the project are and what he wants from it.This will make your sponsor feel that you understand where he's coming from. It will also enhance the quality of your work and make your sponsor very happy, keeping him from becoming discontented with you and the project.
Try to make your sponsor pleased at all times. If your sponsor wants you to try something that you feel won’t work, try it anyway and try to make it successful. The sponsor has the largest interest in your project, and therefore he has the most to lose. His decisions should be listened to and acted upon. If you can’t make one of his suggestions a success, you should adequately explain the problem and why it didn’t work. Then provide an alternative solution. Hopefully, your sponsor will be understanding enough to listen to your new solution.