Developing an effective Project Charter

"Plan the Work then work the Plan"
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 (98 ratings)
2,059 students
Developing an effective Project Charter
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 (98 ratings)
2,059 students
Develop a Project Charter
Document a projects objective
Document a projects criteria for success - to include metrics that can be quantified
Document a projects scope
Document project assumptions
Document project risks
Document project team to include their roles and responsibilities
Document projects expected duration
Document project budget
Obtain project clarity for all relevant stakeholders
Learn the importance of getting sign off on project documentation


  • 3 years or more of experience as a Project Manager
  • Basic computer skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word
  • Proficient in both verbal and written communication
  • PMP preferred but desire and experience can be substituted
  • Understanding of terms and project methodologies

This course will illustrate how one should go about developing a project charter in order to document key information so that clarity is obtained for all relevant stakeholders to position any project to be successful. Success being defined as being completed on time, within budget, that has sufficient quality while meeting the initiatives objective.

Too many managers today are being forced to start a project without positioning it for success. Therefore if your organization is ready to plan the work so we can then work the plan this course should be right up your alley!

Learn what goes into creating a Project Charter and how to go about working internally to maximize the quality of this phase. - planning

Hope is not a strategy so if you are looking to complete work in a best in breed practice join me as we work together on improving how work gets done in corporate america!

Who this course is for:
  • Project Managers
  • Vice President or Director of PMO
  • Department Heads
  • Project Sponsors
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Anyone interested in Project Management
Course content
3 sections • 5 lectures • 37m total length
  • Project Charter - Introduction
  • Welcome! - I am stoked you are taking this class.
  • Preparing for the meeting
  • The Meeting - requirements gathering
  • Develop the first iteration of the Project Charter
    1 question
  • Project Charter - Review

Director of Professional Services at red hammer llc
Shawn Woods
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I attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration while majoring in Management Information Systems. This program is ranked in the top five of all universities in the country. I have spent the past 17 years in Corporate America primarily focused on project management and working with executive teams to ensure that projects that are approved are aligned with the organizations strategic plan.

I have managed projects with teams as small as 3 team members with a duration of 30 days to projects with teams as large as over 50 team members spanning the United States with a budget of 50 million dollars.

Over the past three years I have spent most of my time working with organizations that have projects that are failing or have failed and need to be resurrected so that the initiative can be completed successfully. 

Lastly, I am well versed in creating PMO departments for organizations that have matured operationally and have bought in to the benefits of following best in breed PM methodologies that are aligned with the companies strategic plan.