SummaryProviding context in a few sentences that completely describe the project.
Problem StatementOverview of opportunities or problems that are driving the project.
MissionA mission statement associated with the project.
VisionWhat the future looks like when the project is delivered.
GoalsSpecifically, what the project aims to achieve.
Key Success FactorsHow the project will be evaluated.
AssumptionsThe facts and interpretations on which the project is based.
DependenciesAn outline of initial dependencies. In many cases, dependencies are covered as assumptions.
ConstraintsLimitations and restrictions such as resources and time.
DecisionsA list of relevant decisions that have been made to date. Can be included as assumptions.
Alternatives ConsideredDocument alternatives to decisions that were considered with a rationale for choices. This helps the future to understand the context of the project as it answers questions such as "why didn't they ..."
RisksAn initial list of identified risks. Project risk management is an ongoing activity that can begin with the project charter.
ScopeWhat is known about the scope at the time the project charter is delivered. This typically changes with requirements.
Out-of-ScopeExplicitly state things that will not be delivered by the project to prevent unjustified assumptions.
BudgetA budget outline.
StakeholdersA list of stakeholders and a an org chart for the project team.
Roles & ResponsibilitiesA list of stakeholders mapped to roles with each stakeholder either responsible, accountable, consulted or informed.
Facilities and ResourcesFacilities and resources required by the project.
Standards & MethodologiesA mention of project management methodologies and standards that apply to the project.
GovernanceGovernance structures and principles.
MilestonesAn outline of milestones such as phases, stages, deliverables and decision gates.
DeliverablesA description of deliverables.
EstimatesPreliminary estimates if available. Include a disclaimer that estimates are likely to change upon further analysis and scope changes.
GlossaryDefinition of any non-standard terminology used by the project.
|Overview: Project Charter|
A document that defines a project.
A terms of reference for a project.
The foundational source document for a project.
It should be noted that projects typically change significantly over time with emerging goals, approaches and requirements that end up differing significantly from a project charter. As such, a project charter captures what is known about a project at the start.