|WHAT:||Developing a high-level project description to launch a project formally.|
|WHEN:||Project initiation and planning.|
|RESULTS:||A reference document used to guide project planning and staffing.|
A project charter is a formatted collection of information assembled as a part of project initiation or soon afterward. Because projects may differ, this documentation may also be known as a:
Project definition document
Statement of work
Plan of record
Whatever the project description documentation is called, the important thing is that it be written down.