Project Charter

Definition – In project management, a project charter, project definition, or project statement is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager. It serves as a reference of authority for the future of the project. – Wikipedia

The project charter is a living document, that it may be constantly changing during the life of the project. Typically, it contains several key elements which I will describe in the DMAIIC context.

1. In DMAIIC, the project schedule must be broken down for each step in DMAIIC: Do, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Implement, and Control.

2. The project team should be listed in the project charter, as well as important contacts for project success.

3. Project measures and goals should also be included. Goals should be s  et up in measures of improvement from the baseline.

4. Project scope is extremely important. It marks the range and bounds of the project.  In any project, there are often many places to expand the project to. While its important to make note of each possible application, its more important maintain the scope of the project rather than risking stretching the project too far.

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