How to Write a Project Charter – Part 2 (#2 in the series How to Write a Project Charter)
By Michael D. Taylor
What Every Project Charter Should Include
While charters are to written for each specific project, they should contain at least the following aspects:
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- Project Authorization.
A brief written statement should identify the authorized project by name and/or number.
- Project Manager Authorization.
The name of the project manager, including a description of his/her responsibilities should be clearly identified.
- Key Stakeholders.
All key stakeholders identified in the project proposal, those who can positively or negatively influence the success or failure of a project, must be identified. Their functions and roles must also be defined clearly to avoid role confusion. List all stakeholders, their roles, and how they will contribute to the project.
- Project Goal(s).
Having a clear, agreed-upon, goal statement is vital to the success of the project. The goal statement in the project charter must be identical to the goal established in the approved project proposal.
How to Write a Project Charter – Part 1 (#1 in the series How to Write a Project Charter)
By Michael D. Taylor
What is a Project Charter?
The project charter, sometimes also called a Project Overview Statement (POS), is the signed document that formally defines and authorizes a project. Reaching an agreement on the nature of a new project, including its scope, objectives, and constraints can be a difficult but healthy process for a group of key stakeholders in a corporate environment. For that reason, a project proposal should be written and approved before the project charter is established.
Why Do You Need a Charter?
Without a project charter, the goals of the project will be ambiguous and often understood incorrectly by the key stakeholders, each having a different point of interest in the project. The result is a project beset with conflicting priorities, role confusion, and in many cases, as failed project. Read the Complete Article