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

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What Goes in the Charter?

The charter contains much of the other information relating to project initiation that is described in this book. It defines the purpose, objectives, scope, and stakeholders for the project, and it identifies any connections to other projects or programs. The charter presents a preliminary list of business risks, major project milestones, and a summary of known assumptions, dependencies, and constraints. It might include a statement of resources that management is willing to commit to the project. Another important section identifies the individuals who must approve the charter. Getting the key stakeholders to explicitly buy into the project concept at this stage is essential for launching it on a trajectory toward success. ...

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