A key element of every Institute engagement—and one we recommend to our partners – is the creation of a project charter. A project charter is a written document that serves as both a project management tool and a process. Project charters create vision, describe key elements and milestones and detail the roles and responsibilities of partners and stakeholders for a given project.
The process of creating a project charter builds trust, raises issues and exposes potential problem areas. In addition, a well-conceived project charter brings clarity, which helps gain buy-in from stakeholders.
Charters can be customized to fit project needs, but at a minimum, they should include a description of the vision, goals and objectives of the project. Other elements include: