Key Elements of Project Charters

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Project charters are essential for achieving success in any project. In this older ‘Between the Slides’ episode #22, Key Elements of Project Charters, I provide valuable information about the crucial elements that should be included in every project charter. In this episode, I also explain how to connect these charter elements to processes. These processes include the important discussions and agreements required to develop the information into the charter.

“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. “ – Aristotle


Remembering to create a charter early is key for Project Managers or anyone tasked with leading projects in their organization. The charter should not be super detailed like a requirements document. These details will appear later when working with the team’s technical experts. Instead, the charter should provide enough high-level information to start the project. Charters also provide good baseline information about the effort.

Thank you for listening to Key Elements of Project Charters and for watching the KEV Talks Quick Tips #10 video short.

Godspeed y’all,


*Revised August 23, 2023

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