A project charter serves several important functions: it defines the project and lays the foundation for all subsequent project planning; it serves as the table of contents for the entire project; and it is a critical communication tool for important details such as the project purpose, scope, and project timelines. This template is designed to help you build a project charter in a timely manner.
It includes the following sections:
- Project overview such as objectives, scope, and cost estimate
- Scope definition, timeline, key milestones, and deliverables
- Project dependencies, risks, and constraints
- Review and approval process
It is important to ensure that your project planning does not disrupt business, to be realistic about resource allocation, and to be prepared for unexpected issues.