Project Management

Making the Project Charter Success Focused

A lean, concise, and easy-to-read charter allows the team to focus on delivering within the success criteria.  This presentation discusses this new paradigm and impact to organizations as well as the roll of charters in funding capacity, EPICS and charters, and integrated work teams. Can we deliver value faster if we adopt new business rules regarding the project faster? The purpose of the charter is to authorize the project manager to start delivering on the project. It is not to cut and paste from all over to make an all-inclusive summary of all business intelligence that justified the project. I propose to make it a lean document focused on the outcomes and capabilities and the definition of success. Items that have a workflow/life cycle (risks, assumptions, issues, etc.) do not need to be in a charter, they are taken care of elsewhere.

Learning Objectives

  1. We will focus on developing a charter that focuses on results and the definition of project success, how success will be measured, and organizational benefits.

  2. Remove bloat and make the charter a viable artifact that will be read by stakeholders and used by the project team.

  3. Get the project started faster. Use Agile methods to tailor your projects to get them started faster. Kickoff meeting in a week?

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