What Has Governance Ever Done for Me?

This is basically the question that many project managers ask me when we have a discussion about adhering to governance. They want to know what value their project gets from adhering to governance processes, from generating artefacts for governance gates. The short answer is “none – governance is not something we do for you!” If you are having similar discussions here is my suggestion: They are asking the wrong question.  Governance is not “for” projects – it is “for” organisations. Projects get nothing (or very little) out of adhering to governance processes. Rather, organisations get value out of their projects adhering to governance processes – they get some guarantee that their projects are doing the right thing. We should understand that governance is like a tax on “good” projects – they don’t get anything out of it. “Bad” projects on the other hand get “help”.

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