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The Project Charter – What Should Be Included

The Project Charter – What Should Be Included
By Sue Cochran, Northwest University

When you initially charter a plane, you don’t need to provide a seating chart, or list of names to the airline company. You do, however, need to know approximately how many people will be on the plane, how much the trip will cost and where you are going. The Project Charter is much like that for your project.

The Charter is a document that explains the project in clear concise wording without a lot of detail. It’s written for high level management needs. These people do not need all the detail to understand what the end goal is, how long it will take and how much it will cost them.

The project charter includes:

  • The purpose and objectives of the project in clear, concise language.
  • Requirements of the project, very high level, not much detail here.
  • Project description, a paragraph or two that explains the project.
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Project Management – Collecting Requirements

Project Management – Collecting Requirements
By Sue Cochran, Northwest University

In my opinion, defining Scope is the most difficult part of planning the project. You would think it would be fairly simple. Your sponsor comes to you with something that needs to be done. He can’t figure it out in the normal process of business so he wants you to do a project. You agree to have a meeting to talk about it.

The day of the meeting arrives and you know you need to Collect Requirements for the project. You are prepared to take notes, expecting to get a list of things so you can begin your Project Charter document or at least an initial proposal. The sponsor begins the meeting with a comment about how excited he is to see this happening, how he has waited a long time to see this happen, how it has been a “dream” of his to accomplish such a project. Read the Complete Article

The Importance of Effective Communication in Project Management

The Importance of Effective Communication in Project Management
By Sue Cochran, Northwest University

Effective communication is essential to every relationship in life and successful project management is no exception. In your planning you discovered who the people are who have an interest in the project and how you will communicate with them. You understand the issues need attention to in order to keep everyone on the same page with current information. You have a plan to document the important communication pieces because you will need to provide periodic reports to management on what is happening. Many projects fail because the communication was ineffective. Because someone thought they heard one thing but, the intent was something totally different. You do not want to get to the end of the project and have the customer say “but that’s not what I said”.

There are tools that project managers can use to develop effective communication plans such as the stakeholder analysis. Read the Complete Article

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