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					                                    Project Charter

                                                        For


                                   <Project Name>


                                        Prepared by <Name>



                                   <Department or Unit Name>



                                            <Date Prepared>




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Table of Contents
       Title Page ....................................................................................................................................... 1
       A.        Business Need or Opportunity ...................................................................................... 3
       B.        Business Objectives .......................................................................................................... 4
       C.        Project Description .......................................................................................................... 5
       D.        Constraints ......................................................................................................................... 6
       E.        Assumptions ....................................................................................................................... 7
       F.        Risks ...................................................................................................................................... 8
       G.        Authorizations.................................................................................................................... 9
       PROJECT CHARTER APPROVAL FORM ............................................................................................ 10




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   A.      Business Need or Opportunity
        Describe the business need or opportunity this proposed project will address. If the
        proposed project is large, complex or is critical (high impact), a separate Business
        Case document may be appropriate. If there is a separate Business Case document,
        provide a brief summary and reference that document.




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   B.        Business Objectives
   Description


        Define the business objectives of the organization, which are used to establish
        organizational performance goals. These goals represent planned levels of what will
        be accomplished as a result of the project, and which can be compared to actual
        results. These measures can be quantified to see if the project has met the agency’s
        objectives.

        Business Objectives can be described in two different ways:

            Hard Objectives—These relate to the time, cost and operational objectives (scope)
             of the product or process.
        1.
        2.
        3.
            Soft Objectives—These relate more to how the objectives are achieved, and which
             may include attitude, behavior, expectations and communications.
        4.
        5.
        6.




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   C.      Project Description
        Describe the proposed solution, including high level estimates of cost, schedule, and
        key resources.

        Description
        Provide a concise, measurable statement of what the project will accomplish, and, if
        appropriate, what it will not try to accomplish. Project scope is documented here, at
        a high level. Discuss the proposed solution and the business processes that will be
        used with the solution and describe their characteristics.



        The level of detail in this section must be sufficient to allow for a more detailed scope
        and solution development in the Scope Statement, developed in the Planning Stage.
        Note: Scope creep (adding work without corresponding updates to cost, schedule
        and quality) may render original plans unachievable. Therefore, initial clarification of
        scope, and adherence to the plan throughout the project, are of the utmost
        importance.



        This effort includes the following:
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        This effort does not include the following:

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   D.      Constraints
           The following limitations and constraints have been identified for this project:
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   E.      Assumptions
        Think of assumptions in terms of business, technical or project assumptions.
        The following assumptions were made when developing this Project Charter:
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   F.      Risks
        Describe the major risks and the risk management strategy associated with those risks.




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   G.      Authorizations
        Specific project roles and responsibilities have been agreed-upon as follows:
           The project sponsor: <Name, Title>

           The project owner:   <Name, Title>

           The project manager: <Name, Title>




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                           PROJECT CHARTER APPROVAL FORM

Project Name:



Project Manager:



The purpose of this document is to provide a vehicle for documenting the completion of the project
initiation stage. It is used to reach a satisfactory level of mutual agreement among the project sponsor,
the project owner, and the project manager on the high level objectives and scope of the project before
significant resources are committed and expenses incurred.



I have reviewed the information contained in this Project Charter and agree this project should continue
to the next funding checkpoint, as defined in this document.




__________________________________________________________________________________

Project Owner:     <Name, Title>              Date


__________________________________________________________________________________

Project Sponsor:   <Name, Title>              Date

				
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