Development of a Project Charter
Ideally, the project charter is the first step in project management. The project charter is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants (among other categories) in a project, and is highly vital in ensuring that everyone involved in the project (from the participants to the stakeholders) are aware of the project's purpose and objectives.
- What must be done and why do it?
- What are the required resources and the constraints?
- What are the short and long term implications?
- When and where must it be done?
- Who is doing what to peform the work of the project?
- Who is behind the project? Funding it?
Many projects in a public health or healthcare setting can be multifaceted and quite complex. In order to highlight the use of a project charter more readily, we will use a more simple case involving planning an event.
Planning a Surprise Birthday Party
Think about a friend, a colleague, a family member that has a birthday fast approaching. Got someone? Great! You will now be throwing them a surprise birthday party! You decided you want to get this right and that you need to complete a project charter.
Using a sample project charter, complete the project charter to help plan the surprise birthday party. The Project Charter will help you visualize how the project looks...
The image below is an interactive diagram of a project charter. Select the different sections shown below to learn more about important considerations when developing a project charter.
- Project Title:
- Project Start Date: Project Finish Date:
- Project Manager: Name, phone, email
- Budget Information:
- Project Objectives:
- Success Criteria:
- Roles and Responsibilities:
Sample Table Format for Roles and Responsibilities Name and Signature Role Position Contact Information
- Comments: Handwritten or types comments from above stakeholders, if applicable.