Steer project


Project steering and decision-making are prerequisite for the project's success.

Basic idea

The project sponsor steers the project and is responsible for the project's success. He is supported in his task by the other project steering roles. If it becomes apparent that the project's success cannot be achieved, the project sponsor orders the termination of the project.

The persons responsible for steering regularly monitor progress in order to ensure that project deviations are identified at an early stage and to ensure the project's success.

The persons responsible for steering carry out risk management from a management perspective and decide on measures.

To ensure that the project is carried out efficiently, the project sponsor makes rapid decisions. He plans and steers the decision-making processes in cooperation with the project manager and, if necessary, with other parties. He includes the decision-makers in the project.

Problems that cannot be solved by project management are escalated to project steering. Project steering treats these with the necessary priority and urgency.


The project sponsor defines the project reporting requirements and checks progress based on the project management plan and the project status report of the project manager.

He decides on significant measures and related adjustments to the project management plan, change requests and risk-reduction measures.


  1. Check progress
    1. Request project management plan and project status report
    2. Carry out target/actual comparisons, assess forecasts, analyze deviations and identify the need for action
    3. Take measures
  2. Risk management
    1. Add further risks identified to the project and business risks in the project status report
    2. Analyze risks
    3. Decide on measures
    4. Check the implementation of measures and their impact
    5. Arrange for independent controlling, QA and risk management and/or project reviews and audits to be carried out
  3. Decisions
    1. Plan and steer decision-making processes
    2. Make, communicate and enforce project decisions
    3. Integrate stakeholders
    4. Make change request decisions
    5. Handle escalation