Project Charter Guide

The approval of the charter is the formal start of a project. The creation of the initial charter is the project’s fuzzy front end, where the idea for the project is being explored. A project charter is a statement of permission from, a request to, or an agreement between some chartering authority and an agent. The chartering process aligns understanding and empowers the agent to use identified resources in an attempt to attain stated goals within the defined constraints. The charter defines, documents, and communicates the business case, goals, assumptions, priorities, constraints, risks, and stakeholders of the project. While commonly used on plan-driven projects, project charters can be used on Agile projects are part of the inception phase/Sprint 0. 


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