Topic 3 Project Charter

The project charter is an official, brief document describing a project in its totality, including its stakeholders, its objectives and how these will be realised. It is a deliverable used throughout the project life cycle, and therefore it is considered an essential part of the project planning.

The project charter includes:

  • Project purpose or goal
  • Measurable project objectives and related success criteria
  • High-level requirements
  • High-level risks
  • Summary milestone schedule
  • Summary budget
  • Stakeholder list
  • Project approval requirements (i.e. what constitutes project success, who decides the project is successful, and who signs off on the project)
  • Assigned project manager, responsibility, and authority level
  • Name and authority of the sponsor or other person(s) authorizing the project charter

Read about the how-to guide, examples and templates of a project charter!