27 September, 2022

Agony Angels: Setting up Project Governance – with Rich Maltzman

By Mike Clayton

27 September, 2022

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Where to start with setting up governance for your project? That’s the question Rich Maltzman and I tackle, as we don the wings of two Agony Angels.

Welcome to my guest, Rich Maltzman. At the start of the session, we pick a random question from my community about Project Management. We discuss it, and end up with some practical suggestions.

The full question is: 

I have never had to do this before, but I have been told I need to establish governance structures for my new project. I don’t know where to start.’

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About Rich Maltzman

Rich Maltzman has been practicing PM for 32 years and is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University, an author, and a consultant, who provides students and clients with a deep, rich learning experience and/or improved results.

This follows a 40-year career in telecom, mainly in engineering and project management.

Rich is the co-founder of EarthPM, LLC, a company devoted to integrating sustainability thinking into project management. And he served on the Editorial Board for the 7th Edition PMBOK® Guide.

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What we Discussed

  • 00:00 – Agony Angels with Rich Maltzman
  • 00:44 – What we will do
  • 01:03 – Selecting a question
  • 01:21 – The Challenge
  • 01:56 – Rich Maltzman: what governance is about
  • 03:40 – The elements of governance
  • 03:55 – Rich Maltzman’s primary advice
  • 04:35 – The first step
  • 05:16 – Ways of working and communication
  • 06:58 – Roles and Responsibilities
  • 08:46 – PRINCE2, Governance, and Gateway Reviews (Stage Gates)
  • 10:45 – The Sunk Cost fallacy
  • 13:54 – Summary of ideas
  • 15:00 – Free tools from the UK Government
  • 16:05 – How to get in touch with Rich Maltzman

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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