I have joined an org where my project is part of a programme. I am experiencing the following. There are four programme managers and all refuse requests for:
- Project Board participation
- Comment or approval on PID to agree on any sort of proper governance and reporting arrangement
- Attendance at project change boards and approval or rejections of changes from client and guidance on appropriate funding
- Programme Manager assistance with escalations to get other teams or suppliers co-operation
We as a project, have no formal authority over these groups. They simply reflect the issue back with a "speak to such and such". No one seems to take responsibility.
I have done the programme management role, and I insist on all the above to ensure the projects deliver.
Instead, they insist on a daily "report" that gets copied and pasted into other project managers reports for sending to the client. It imposes waste on us as I am running the project successfully using agile. So we only have fixed duration cycles. They complain when I put issues on it that need their action even though the report asks for it.
How do you deal with this?