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The Project Charter – A Project Management Definition
By Moises Ortiz

The charter is the only output of the Develop Project Charter process. It is created on a business need or a customer request. The contents of a charter are the following:

  1. Brief description of the project
  2. Name of the project manager assigned
  3. Very high level project requirements
  4. Very high level milestone schedule
  5. Assumptions & constraints. It will include a preliminary budget.
  6. Business case. It will explain the reason why your organization decided to choose this project over another.

The document should be signed by senior management who has the required authority within your organization to assign you to the project.

The charter is a high-level document that does not include project details. The specifics of a project will be developed during the planning process.

Moises Ortiz is a project manager with strong experience in the IT field. He’s been working for many multinational corporations leading IT projects and helping them align their IT strategy to the overall business goals.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnol√≥gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and can be contacted at his personal web page at www.moisesortiz.com.

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