Project Charter Templates
Project charters define how a team will collaborate to achieve its goals. Below are a few examples of headings in typical project charters.
Project Charter Elements - from USDA template
Purpose of the charter
- Project objective
Summary Scope Statement
Roles and Responsibilities
Preliminary Schedule and Cost Estimates
Project Charter Elements - from Business Justification template
Section 1. Project Overview
1.2 Project Description
1.3 Project Goals and Objectives
1.4 Project Scope
1.5 Critical Success Factors
Section 2. Project Authority and Milestones
2.2 Project Oversight Authority
2.3 Major Project Milestones
Section 3. Project Organization
3.2 Roles and Responsibilities
3.3 Responsibility Matrix
3.4 Project Facilities and Resources
Section 4. Points of Contact
Section 5. Glossary
Section 6. Revision History
Section 7. Appendices
Project Charter Elements - from Key Consulting template
- Roles and Responsibilities
- High-Level Work Breakdown Structure
- Decision Making Process
Project Charter Elements - from Microsoft template
1 PROJECT CHARTER PURPOSE
2 PROJECT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
3 PROJECT OVERVIEW
4 PROJECT SCOPE
4.1 Goals and Objectives
4.2 Departmental Statements of Work (SOW)
4.3 Organizational Impacts
4.4 Project Deliverables
4.5 Deliverables Out of Scope
4.6 Project Estimated Costs & Duration
5 PROJECT CONDITIONS
5.1 Project Assumptions
5.2 Project Issues
5.3 Project Risks
5.4 Project Constraints
6 PROJECT STRUCTURE APPROACH
7 PROJECT TEAM ORGANIZATION PLANS
8 PROJECT REFERENCES
10.1 Document Guidelines
10.2 Project Charter Document Sections Omitted
A quick template to follow for drafting a project plan in one meeting (from anecdote.com.au)
- Project Name
- Team Members - Name, contacts and roles if applicable.
- Purpose - Why should we do this project?
- Outcome - What would a good outcome look like?
- Brainstorming - Get your ideas out.
- Organize - How will the project get done? What are the components, sequences and priorities?
- Next Steps - What are the immediate next actions and who will do them?