Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside us will affect us.

—Stephen Covey

Implementing Business Teams

A project is unlikely to succeed without an effective steering committee. The steering committee (sometimes called a project board or business team) is an organism whose mission is to help complete each project successfully. The relationship between a project and a steering committee is similar to the relationship between the board of directors and a company. There may even be a hierarchy of committees from project up to program and system.

The purpose of the steering committee is to direct the project, not to manage it. As a former CEO at Hewlett-Packard replied in response to how ...

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