The Project Charter document will concisely explain the project purpose or justification, requirements, objectives, constraints, budget and stakeholders. The Project Charter document will be the starting point of your project and will form the foundation for the rest of your project.

Key Benefits of a Project Charter includes: A formal initiation of the project, Project manager assignment and authority limitations, Outline of costs and project milestones, Description of project scope and boundaries, Summary of all project deliverables, and an Announcement of sponsor endorsement.

How to Develop Your Project Charter

  • Inputs to create the Project Charter include:

    • Project statement of work and stakeholder expectations
    • Formal sponsor or granting agency agreements
    • Enterprise Environmental Factors(EEFs)
      • Learned/software
      • Government mandates and Industry standards
      • Marketplace conditions
      • Organizational culture
    • Organizational Process Assets(OPAs)
      • Resources available and templates
      • Policies and standards
      • Procedures, process definitions
      • Historical information and previous lessons learned
  • Tools and Techniques you can use to create the Project Charter include:
    • Expert judgment from Stakeholders, Consultants, and Subject matter experts (SME)
    • Facilitation techniques such as
      • Brainstorming
      • Conflict resolution
      • Problem solving
  • Outputs from the Project Charter include:
    • Project Charter
      • Project purpose/justification
      • Measurable objectives
      • High-level description and requirements
      • Assumptions and constraints
      • High-level risks
      • Summary milestone schedule
      • Summary budget
      • Stakeholder list (not register)
      • Project approval requirements
      • Assigned project manager
      • Project manager authority
      • Assigned project team
      • Charter authorizing authority