Published December 27, 2016

Project Management for Experienced Project Managers | Victor Allen and Ron May

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “DEVELOPING THE PROJECT CHARTER”:

Every project, regardless of size, should have a project charter –
no excuses. The project charter should be the first document created
for a project. It is generally developed by the project sponsor
or project champion with the assistance of the project manager. It
acts as an initial announcement of the project and authorizes the
project manager to begin execution of the project. In addition, the
project charter identifies the who, what, where, when, why and
how of the project.

At a minimum, the project charter should include a project
description, objectives, goals, deliverables, constraints, critical
success factors, risks, timing, cost and scope. Usually, this is a
relatively brief document, depending on the size of the proposed
project, with small projects needing only a few pages and larger
projects needing a dozen or so. The size of the project, format and
amount of detail that you want to be in the charter will determine
the length.