The Importance of the Project Board in directing successful projects using PRINCE2.

The role of the project board is critical to providing the proper direction for the project manager

Surveys and benchmarks from organizations like PMI’s Pulse of profession, The Standish Group’s Chaos Report, National Audit Office (NAO), and many more, give insight into the key success factors of successful projects and also, importantly, why many projects fail. In all these reports, we find recurring factors like lack of user involvement, speed of decision making, and senior management commitment. Even allowing for the project manager’s expertise, drive and commitment, it’s the senior manager and project board member who is ultimately accountable for these success factors. The project board can make a project a success by building a facilitating culture, showing commitment, supporting decentralized decision making, and making sure the right users are involved.