Formalizing and Publishing the Project Charter

The project charter is the official, written acknowledgment and recognition that a project exists. It ties the work of the project with the ongoing operations of the organization. It's usually signed by a senior manager or project sponsor, and it gives the project manager the authority to assign organizational resources to the project.

The charter documents the business need or demand that the project was initiated to address, and it includes a description of the product, service, or result of the project. It is usually the first official document of the project once acceptance of the project has been granted. Project charters are often used as a means to introduce a project to the organization. Since this document outlines the high-level project description, the business opportunity or need, and the project's purpose, executive managers can get a "first-glance" look at the benefits of the project. Good project charters that are well documented will address many of the questions your stakeholders are likely to have up front.

Let's take a brief look at the key stakeholders who might be involved with the project charter and the role they'll play in its development and on the project in the future.

Project Management Made Easy

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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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