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Creating a Project Charter

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Learn how to use a project charter to create a clear understanding of project goals.

Learn how to create a project charter that sets foundation & provides clear understanding of project goals. Identify objectives, stakeholders, success criteria, align them with project's objectives & constraints to move forward with confidence.

Hey there, my name is Jonathan, I am a project management professional. In this short video, you will learn how to create a project charter that sets the foundation and provides a clear understanding of your project goals.

By the end of this video you will learn how to identify objectives, stakeholders, success criteria — and align them with project's objectives, and constraints, to move forward with confidence. Let’s get started!

The first step in creating a project charter is identifying the project's objectives. This should be a clear and concise statement of what the project is trying to accomplish.

It's important to make sure that these objectives are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound so that everyone involved in the project has a clear understanding of what success looks like.

Once you've identified the objectives, the next step is to identify the stakeholders. These are the people or groups that will be impacted by the project, whether positively or negatively.

This could include team members, clients, upper management, and any other parties that have a vested interest in the project. It's important to include a diverse group of stakeholders to ensure that all perspectives are considered.

Finally, you'll want to define the success criteria for the project. This is how you'll measure whether or not the project is successful. These criteria should align with the project's objectives and take into account any constraints, such as budget or timeline.

Let’s look at an example of a project charter for building a new bridge.

The project char would include objectives such as increasing traffic flow and reducing commute time, stakeholders like the transportation department and local government, and success criteria like the number of vehicles crossing the bridge daily and time saved for commuters.

Overall, creating a project charter is an essential step in the project management process. With a solid project charter in place, you'll be able to move forward with confidence, knowing that everyone is on the same page.

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