Raj Nathan was the senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Solutions Division at SAP/Sybase, where he's responsible for strategic oversight of the company's core database and middleware business. Prior to Sybase, Dr. Nathan was a senior vice president at Siemens Pyramid. Dr. Nathan holds a PhD and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.
As Raj says, “One of my main principles in signing up to be an executive sponsor is to make sure that I can add value to the project team.
As Raj says, “The team underneath the executive sponsor needs to know that he or she will provide air cover.
Raj Nathan suggests that one of the main purposes of an executive sponsor is to evaluate business changes that affect the project.
Raj Nathan suggests you have clear goals.
Raj Nathan suggests you make the commitment.
Raj Nathan suggests you groom people to be an executive sponsor. “
Raj Nathan suggests that different people use different measurements.
As Raj says, “The big thing for an executive sponsor is to recognize they can not make the impossible happen.
Raj Nathan suggests the perfect executive sponsor
Raj Nathan suggests a proxy works if it is not really a proxy, but a delegation of authority.
As Raj says, “Having the stripes makes a big difference. Often during a project the peer groups have conflicts and do not agree on issues before them."
Raj Nathan suggests executive sponsors need to set limits on their time.