How to Write a Good Charter

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In business, a charter recognizes a project's scope and objectives, its leaders and their roles, what is needed for the project to succeed and the details of how it will get done. Charters provide formal recognition by upper management of the project manager's authority. They clearly define who is working on the plan, each individual's role and what he is expected to do.

Open a new document in your word processor and in upper-case, bold letters type the heading "project." Define the project's scope, objectives, the opportunity that necessitates the plan and the expected outcome.

Type the heading "leader." Introduce the project manager and explain her role and authority as approved by upper management.


Type the heading "team" and recognize the individuals working on the project. Define each of their roles, what is needed for the team to complete its goals and how progress will be determined.