The project charter is a key project management document. It is created by (an output of) the develop project charter process.
From the PMBOK (page 72 of the fifth edition), the project charter identifies
- "Project purpose or justification,
- "Measurable project objectives and related success criteria,
- "High-level requirements,
- "Assumptions and constraints,
- "High-level project description and boundaries,
- "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, and
- "Name and authority of the sponsor or other person(s) authorizing the project charter."
The first two of the project charter components (purpose or justification and objectives) come from the project statement of work. The success criteria, requirements, schedule, budget, and identification of the project manager and project approval requirements are added to create the charter.
- develop project management plan
- plan scope management
- identify stakeholders
- plan schedule management
- plan cost management
- Wikipedia article on Project charter
- Project Management Docs' Project Charter (Single Page Version)
- Techno-PM Project Charter Word Template
- ↑ Passing the #PMP—Project Statement of Work vs. Project Charter by Jerome Rowley. Posted on September 3, 2012.