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
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Created by Harry Hall
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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  • 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?

You will get over two hours of high quality video, a project charter template, a project charter example, and a wealth of tips to help you complete your project charters quickly.

What will I learn?

• What is a project charter (and what it's not)?
• Do you know four other names for a project charter?
• Why is a project charter needed?
• Five powerful inputs to project charters
• The one big difference between the project charter and a project scope statement
• Who should author 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 write clear project goals that get results
• How to present your project
• How to respond to tough questions
• Aligning your projects with your organization’s mission, goals, and strategy
• Using project charters for the selection of projects
• Key questions when creating a project board
• How does a project board know if they're picking the right projects?
• The reasons why you should use a project charter in your kick-off meetings
• What to do when your team gets off track
• One of the fastest, easiest, and best ways to orient new team members

If you want to jump-start your next project and position you and your team for success, you can't afford not to take this course.

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 is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
Welcome to the Course
4 Lectures 10:05

Course Roadmap

Before We Get Started

First Things First
Dive into Project Charters
7 Lectures 27:35

Why is a Project Charter Needed?

Other Names for the Project Charter

Who Should Author the Project Charter?

Who Should Be Involved in the Creation Process?

What's Included in a Project Charter?

Here is an example of a completed project charter. The amount of content in your charter should be commensurate with the size and complexity of each project. For small projects, you only need a small amount of information; for large projects, the charter should contain more content.

A Project Charter Example
Create the Project Charter
14 Lectures 45:00
The Project Name

The Project Sponsor and Project Manager

The Business Case

The Problem Statement

The Deliverables


The Assumptions

The Constraints

The Project Scope Statement

The High-Level Risks

The Stakeholders

The Project Team

The Signature
Refine Your Project Charter
3 Lectures 08:00
Stakeholder Engagement

The Project Charter Plan

Project Charter Version Control
Present Your Projects
3 Lectures 12:48
The Project Board

How to Present Your Project

Responding to Tough Questions
Select Your Projects
3 Lectures 13:34

Project Selection Criteria

Project Approval Process
Use Your Project Charter
3 Lectures 06:57
Kick Off Your Projects

Realign Your Projects

Orient Your New Team Members
About the Instructor
Harry Hall
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The Project Risk Coach

I am on a mission to help project managers craft a life that they love out of what they do. I serve project managers who are looking for ways to deliver successful projects.

I am a coach, speaker, teacher, and blogger that helps project managers manage uncertainty. 

I am certified as a PMP, PMI-RMP, and ARM-E meaning I have lots of knowledge in project management and risk management. I have managed projects for more than 15 years. I’ve also served on the teaching faculty for the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, IKON Office Solutions, and General Electric.

Not only do I teach from standards such as the PMBOK, but I also teach from the school of hard knocks and failures. I share my struggles as I’ve faced sleepless nights and stressful days.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life.