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The project charter is a document stating the purposes of the project. It serves as an informal contract that helps the team stay on track with the project objectives. Although simple in appearance, the project charter requires substantial preparation. It is a living document requiring consistent updates as a project progresses through its various stages.

The following resources have been collected to enhance an individual’s understanding of the role of the project charter by:

  1. Outlining the key components of the project charter
  2. Demonstrating that the project charter is a critical foundational component of project management initiation and planning
  3. Highlighting the importance of sponsor agreement and support for the project charter


  • QI Project Charter: IHI guidance on developing a project, includes a video (Video – 3:19)