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Read the case study "The Invisible Sponsor" on page 658 and then pick one (1) of the following sets of three (3) questions to answer on page 660:Set 1 - questions 1-3Set 2 - question 4-6I want 2 reply
Read the case study "The Invisible Sponsor" on page 658 and then pick one (1) of the following sets of three (3) questions to answer on page 660:
Set 1 - questions 1-3
Set 2 - question 4-6
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The main reason I think Al Zink’s actions that of someone trying to be an invisible sponsor shows that Al was not sure whether he can perform well as a Project Sponsor which was a new position for him. After meeting with Fred and discussing about the project and when Fred told Al that the projects sponsor is the person held responsible for success or failure his confidence went down further. He thought if he would be silent and act as an invisible sponsor he could avoid making any critical decisions. Al was in fear of his job and career so he thought it would be better for him to act as an invisible sponsor.
As far as I understand from the case study and in the general sense as well Fred has acted appropriately in trying to get Al Zink to act as a sponsor. As Al had no prior knowledge on project management he had to train Al on how project management works and the duties he had to do as a sponsor. Instead of all this Al was taking too much time to make important decisions regarding the project. Fred had to push Al in order to make critical decisions regarding the project. In order to get work done sometimes you need to push boundaries. So I think Fred acted appropriately.
I think Al got mad when Fred was giving the same answer when he was asking him whether he had prepared the schedule of the project he got mad as Fred was pushing him to make a decision. This situation repeated again when Al had to sign on the schedule for the project to begin. Al was not signing on the schedule despite all the emails from Fred. So Fred pushed Al in making a decision again by including the President in the email so that Al had to make a decision for sure. This might have led to some inconvenience for both of them but I think if they plan for a meeting again and sit and discuss about their issues and concerns (such as Why Al was not making a decision, Why Fred was pushing Al to make a decision) they can build a good relation between them and make the project good success.