How to Write a Project Charter
By Joe Raasch, eHow Member
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Ever get partway through a project and forget why you were doing the project? Or maybe the project team has grown a bit larger than you expected? With a project charter, you can mitigate or eliminate these and other project management challenges. It is helpful to write a project charter before starting any business project. This simple, one-page document will provide an anchor and guide as you move forward in executing, implementing or solving the project you have. Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
* A completed project charter template
Choose a Project Charter Template
Check with your colleagues or your organization's project management office for any prevailing templates. 2. 2
Ensure the project charter template in some way covers the following areas: project name, problem statement, project team, start date, end date, project goals, project financial impact, project sponsor, project scope. 3. 3
Everyone on your project team will need to have the applicable software, such as MS Word or PowerPoint, to read the project charter. Complete the Project Charter
Complete the project name. The name should help identify what the project is about. For example, "New Science Lab Installation Project" or "Mortgage Application Cycle Time Reduction Project." 5. 2
Complete the project summary section. You should write a brief paragraph that tells anyone with basic knowledge of your organization/department what you are doing as a project. 6. 3
Complete the problem statement section. Ask yourself what problem or issue you are trying to solve by doing this project. For example, "the mortgage application process is taking 3 weeks longer than what is acceptable by our clients." 7. 4
Complete the project goal section. What do you expect to accomplish by completing this project? Use S.M.A.R.T....
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