The process of developing a document that formally authorizes the existence of a project and provides the project manager with the authority to apply organizational resources to project activities (PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, Glossary).
Link to the Project Charter template.
The Project Charter enables a clean start to the project. It makes sure that Customer needs, business objectives, and key product deliverables are clear to the project manager and project team.
A project charter will also identify high level risks which may impact the project delivery and which will need to be addressed in the project plan.
Key Inputs to the Project Charter must be able to clearly specify the result of the project.
- Customer contract or Purchase Order
- Product specifications
- Business case
NICE to have:
- Business Risk Register
- Stakeholder list (definition of key customer contact points, and key internal owners).
Tools & Techniques:
It is key to always use the corporate approved template (link above).
Approval of the project charter by the project sponsor.
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