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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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What a Charter Is Not

The project charter does not replace a project management plan. In fact, project initiation is the prerequisite to project planning: You can’t plan a project until the project exists. Therefore, I don’t expect the charter to include a detailed task list, a complete deliverable list, resource allocations, project tracking or control procedures, and so forth.

Nor is the charter a requirements specification. Let me qualify that slightly. I think in terms of three levels of software requirements (Wiegers 2003):

  1. Business requirements describe why we are undertaking the project, typically by stating business objectives. This kind of information could indeed be presented in the charter. Alternatively, a vision and scope document could ...

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