Simple Project Charter Template
Provide basic information about the project including: Project Title – The proper name used to identify this project;
Project Working Title – The working name or acronym that will be used for the project; Proponent Secretariat – The
project; Prepared by – The person(s) preparing this document.
Project Title:Project Working Title:
Points of Contact
List the principal individuals who may be contacted for information regarding the project.
paragraphs, provide a brief overview of this project and the contents of this document.
Explain the business reason(s) for doing this project. The Project Purpose (the Business Problem and Project
Business Objectives) is in the Project Proposal, Section B.
1. Business Problem
reflected as a critical business issue or initiative in the Agency’s Strategic Plan or IT Strategic Plan.
2.Project Business Objectives
Define the specific Business Objectives of the project that correlate to the strategic initiatives or issues identified in
initiative or issue and every initiative or issue cited must relate to at least one project business objective.
Commonwealth or Agency
Strategic Plan – Initiative or
Project Business Objectives
Assumptions are statements taken for granted or accepted as true without proof. Assumptions are made in the
absence of fact. List and describe the assumptions made in the decision to charter this project.
E.Project Description, Scope and Management Milestones
Describetheprojectapproach,specificsolution,customer(s),andbenefits.TheProjectDescription islocated in
the Project Proposal, Section C.
2.Stakeholder Requirements for Disaster Recovery
essential function? If yes, describe how the IT solution will meet the recovery time requirements.
project.In other words, the Project Scope establishes the boundaries of a project.The Project Scope addresses the
who, what, where, when, and why of a project.
4.Summary of Major Management Milestones and Deliverables
management of the project. An example of a Project Management Milestone is the Project Plan Completed.
EventEstimated DateEstimated Duration
Project Charter Approved
Project Plan Completed
Project Plan Approved
Project Execution – Started
Project Execution Completed
Project Closed Out
5.Measures of Success
Provideasummary oftheMeasuresofSuccess. List theBusinessObjectives,PerformanceGoal foreachbusiness
objective, and briefly describe the Methodology for how the Performance Goal is measured.
management oversight of the project, and the authority granted to the Project Manager.
Name the project approval authority that is committing organization resourcesto the project. Identify the source of
this authority. The source of the approval authority often resides in code or policy and is related to the authority of
the individual’s position or title.
project’s complexities, include how the Project Manager will control matrixed organizations and employees.
Describe the Commonwealth or Agency Oversight controls over the project.
1. Project Organization Chart
Provide a graphic depiction of the project team. The graphical representation is a hierarchal diagram of the project
organization that begins with the project sponsor and includes the project team and other stakeholders.
2. Organization Description
Describe the type of organization used for the project team, its makeup, and the lines of authority.
3.Roles and Responsibilities
Describe, at aminimum, theRoles and Responsibilitiesof all stakeholdersidentified in theorganizational diagram
responsibilities related to the project. Include these stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities also.
Identify the initial funding, personnel, and other resources, committed to this project by the project sponsor.
Additional resources may be committed upon completion of the detailed project plan.
ResourcesAllocation and Source
Source: (i.e. Federal Grant) Amount: $
Source: Amount: $
Savings: $Cost Avoidance Savings: $
Project Team (Full
and Part Time
The Signatures of the people below document approval of the formal Project Charter. The Project Manager is
empowered by this charter to proceed with the project as outlined in the charter.
Proponent Cabinet Secretariat
Proponent Agency Head
Project Sponsor (required)
Project Manager (required)
Other Stakeholders as needed
Other Stakeholders as needed