A living document that should provide clear and concise answers to all of the questions below, with information added and updated as the project progresses. The information in a project charter is critical for obtaining leadership commitment to provide the necessary resources for completion of the project. This tool is one of the principle communication tools for all project stakeholders.
|When to Use||Purpose|
|Start of project||Broadly define the project (initial scope, preliminary estimates of benefits, performance goals, estimated start and completion time, and so on).|
|Start of project||Assign project team members.|
|Start of project||Provide rationale for the project by linking the project to stakeholder needs or requirements.|
|Start of project||Provide a problem statement for the project and a clear definition of the defect that is the focus of the project.|
|Mid-project||After establishing a baseline for a project, update the information regarding process performance, improvement goals, and estimated benefits.|
|Mid-project||Continuously update information as the project progresses.|
No data requirements exist because you only use this tool to collect and organize data.