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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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52. General Process: Project Charter

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

  • Project datasheet

  • Proposal

  • Reference specification

  • Statement of work

  • Plan of record

Whatever the project description documentation is called, the important thing is that it be written down.

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