This is a post in a series where I will write down what I learned about project management.
Integration is making choices about where to concentrate resources and effort, anticipating potential issues, dealing with issues and coordinating work for the overall project.
The project charter is the document that formally authorizes a project and is issued by the project initiator or sponsor (internal or external).
It answers the Why? question.
It contains normally (some can be optional):
- the business needs, high-level project description
- the project justification or purpose, the business case including the return on investment
- the high level requirements that satisfy the sponsor, the key objectives
- the assigned project manager
- the summary budget
- eventually a draft schedule with milestones
- eventually the functional organization
The Project Charters Inputs are:
- the contract (when an external customer)
- the Statement Of Work (SOW), for example for an internal project (contains the business need or the strategic plan)
- Standards as governmental or industry ones, regulations, etc.
- Organization processes, such as standards, policies, guidelines, templates, knowledge from previous projects, etc.