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

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Using the Charter

Now that your charter is approved and project initiation is well underway, you might be tempted to put the charter in a drawer and charge ahead. Don’t do that. Use the charter as a tool to help keep the project on the rails. The project manager and team members should refer to the charter throughout the project to ensure they are still coloring inside the lines and are taking actions that will deliver the desired outcomes. Revisit the project charter when you reach major milestones, such as life-cycle phase gates or the completion of iterations or increments. You might find that conditions have changed such that the charter needs to be tweaked to conform to the new reality. Occasionally, it even becomes necessary to terminate ...

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