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

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Approving the Charter

The final section of the project charter template contains a table for the names, positions, and signatures of the individuals who must approve the charter. The charter serves as the tool that authorizes the project manager to begin applying organizational resources to the project activities (PMI 2004). Given this degree of importance, it’s only reasonable that the project sponsor (as a representative of senior management) and other key stakeholders formally approve the charter.

Following peer review by appropriate stakeholders (preferably using one of the techniques defined in your organization’s peer review process), these potential signatories meet to reach final agreement on the charter. It’s a good idea to include language ...

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