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Should the asset owner be the project owner?

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Often there is conflict in a company when choosing who should be the project owner / sponsor (I realize these terms are in conflict as well in some companies but this is not focus of this question).

Options for project owner/sponsor include the (i) asset owner, (ii) the solution owner, (iii) any key senior stakeholder that can best oversee the project, the (iv) business area who will benefit the most or a (v) specialist area with no business bias. What have been your experiences - should the asset owner own the projects?

Many thanks for your consideration.
asked 9 years ago by anonymous edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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The "asset owner" is not a role defined in any project management reference, which means that there is no standard definition of the role, which means that this role varies between one company and another. It is always the project sponsor/owner who owns the project, and if that person is the same as the asset owner, then so be it (the two roles are not mutually exclusive and can be embodied by the same person).
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
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I guess the answer is a qualified yes, but it depends on what you mean by asset owner as this may mean many things.  If I'm responsible for a product (the asset), and I want to improve that product, then I would be the most likely project sponsor.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)
Who is the asset owner?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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