The What, Why, and How of Powerful Project Charters
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The What, Why, and How of Powerful Project Charters

Everything you need to know to create powerful project charters quickly
4.3 (14 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
60 students enrolled
Created by Harry Hall
Last updated 9/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create powerful project charters quickly.
  • Engage stakeholders and get everyone on the same page.
  • Reduce rework that adversely impacts your schedule and budget.
  • Align projects to your organization's mission, goals, and strategies.
  • You won't need any software or materials other than your preferred note-taking device (pen & paper, Evernote, or anything in between).
  • If you don't have experience in managing projects, that's fine. If you do have experience, great - you can apply it to the course for greater benefit.

Ever wonder how great project managers launch their projects successfully? 

In this course, we will build a project charter, step-by-step, that allows you to get your stakeholders on the same page.

Whether you are new to project management or just want a refresher, this course will give you all the basics and more.

You will learn to create, refine, and share your project charters in the shortest time possible. You will also learn to improve the understanding and agreement between you, the project sponsor, the project team, and other high-impact stakeholders.

What are the results? Less rework and surprises. Fewer missed deadlines and blown budgets. Happier team members. What's there not to like about this approach?

What will I get?

Step-by-step instructions on how to create project charters quickly. Sponsor collaboration tips. Charter template and example. And much more.

What will I learn?

  • What is a project charter (and what it's not)?

  • Other names for a project charter

  • Selecting the project sponsor and project manager

  • Why is a project charter needed?

  • Why some project managers fail to create project charters

  • The project charter recipe

  • The four project charter checkpoints

  • Who should write the project charter?

  • When should the project charter be created?

  • Getting stakeholders involved in the project charter process

  • What should the project charter include?

  • How to right-size your project charters

  • How to write clear project goals that get results

  • Reduce project rework

The capstone for this course is a business case study. After downloading and reading the study below, please create a project charter for the project. Once you've completed the charter, download the project charter example in the next lesson and compare.

What people say about Harry...

“Harry has been a very influential person in my career. When first venturing into the world of project management, he provided me with the guidance and education I needed from day one.” —DAN JONES, PMP

“Intelligent leadership, creative communication and depth of technical skill all describe Harry Hall.” JOHN BARTUSKA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

“Harry does a great job of boiling down the complex issues facings PMs today and presents solutions in a way that even a novice project manager can understand and apply.” JEREMY CAUSEY, PMP

“Harry is a wealth of knowledge and experience.” ALISON MILLS-LONG, PMP

“Harry’s interactive approach is very entertaining and conducive to learning.” JODI WISOR, PMP

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who needs to create project charters - project managers, project sponsors, business leads, and other individuals who are assigned the task of creating project charters.
  • Organizations that wish to improve their project approval process further ensuring the alignment of projects with the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies.
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:24:13
+ Welcome to the Course
3 lectures 05:58

Discover who this course is for and the content of this course. We'll also take a look at the Course Map.

Preview 02:51

Let's spend a few minutes clarifying your personal goals for this course.

What Do You Want From This Course?

If someone asked you why a project charter is needed, how would you reply? Discover 10 key benefits to project charters.

eBook: Start Writing Your Project Charter Today!
+ The Importance of the Project Charter
3 lectures 17:06

If someone asked you why a project charter is needed, how would you reply? Discover 10 key benefits to project charters.

Preview 06:56

Let's explore how to use the project charter throughout the life of your project.

How to Use Project Charters

In this lesson, discover reasons why some project managers (and sponsors) fail to develop project charters.

Why Project Managers Fail to Create Project Charters
+ What is a Project Charter?
2 lectures 06:07

So, what is a project charter? In this lesson, we will explore the basic concepts of a project charter.

The Project Charter

How do we know how much content to include in a project charter? Should it differ from one project to another?

How to Right-Size Project Charters
+ Why Project Charters Are Critical
3 lectures 14:36

One of the top contributing factors to rework is the lack of stakeholder engagement. Let's look at how to involve key stakeholders in the development of your charters.

How to Reduce Rework

In this lesson, we will explore a stakeholder register and how to identify and analyze individuals, groups, and organizations who may be impacted by your project or may impact your project.

How to Identify and Analyze Stakeholders

You've identified your stakeholders. Now, how do you engage them in order to get their input into the project charter?

How to Engage Key Stakeholders
+ Prepare to Create a Project Charter
3 lectures 11:36

What is a project sponsor? What is a project manager? And who selects these individuals?

Select the Project Sponsor and Project Manager

So, where do we get the information needed to develop a project charter?

The Project Charter Recipe

Here are four checkpoints to ensure you've completed your project charters properly.

The Four Project Charter Checkpoints
+ What to Include in a Project Charter
6 lectures 28:25

Download a copy of a project charter template.

Grab Your Copy of a Project Charter Template

We will walk through 16 elements of the project charter. In this lesson, let's look at:

  • The Project Name

  • The Authority of the Project Sponsor and Project Manager

  • The Business Case

  • The Problem Statement

The Project Charter—Part 1

In this lesson, let's take a look at project goals. What are we trying to achieve in our projects? I'll teach you the secret sauce of writing clear goals every time.

Preview 06:30

In Part 3, let's look at the:

  • Deliverables

  • Assumptions

  • Constraints

  • Exclusions

The Project Charter—Part 3

In Part 4, let's look at the:

  • Summary Milestones

  • Summary Budget

  • Success Criteria

The Project Charter—Part 4

In Part 5, let's look at:

  • Overall Project Risks

  • Project Stakeholders

  • Project Team Members

  • Signatures

The Project Charter—Part 5
+ The Business Case Study
2 lectures 00:25

In this lesson, I share a business case study. You will have an opportunity to develop a project charter for the business case.

The Business Case

Download a copy of my proposed project charter and compare it to yours.

Check Your Project Charter