PROJ586 Week 1 – Course Project – Project Charter

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PROJ586 Week 1 – Course Project – Project Charter
Week 1 Project Guidelines – Charter

For this Course Project, you may choose a project that is of interest to you, or you may choose one to assist you in your senior project. When selecting a project, avoid picking one that is either too big or too small. For example, do not decide to build a new stadium for your local sports team (too big) or to plant your summer garden (too small). Projects may vary from a few hundred thousand dollars to a few million dollars. Projects should last somewhere between 6 months and 2 years. Be sure your selection is an actual project and not routine work. Pick a project you have some experience and familiarity. Do not pick a topic, such as a construction project, unless you understand construction well.

I suggest you negotiate with your instructor this week until the two of you agree on a reasonable project for this Course Project. Do not begin work on a project charter until the instructor has approved your project idea. Good luck and have fun!

Some successful project ideas.

The opening of a coffee shop
An open house for a local social service agency
A meditation pool and platform
A redevelopment of a local playground
Design and installation of a computer network for a small business
Software development project
A project to build a house is NOT acceptable

Instructions: Project Charter

Using the project that you chose, create a Project Charter using the Project Charter Template listed in the Templates section.

Project Name

Project Number

Project Manager



Start Date:

Scheduled Completion Date:

Mission/ Purpose

What is your project going to accomplish? How does this project relate to overall goals and objectives of the company?It is part of a program or larger project?


What will this project create? What is the product of the project? At a high level, how do you plan on doing the work of the project?What are the high-level deliverables for this project?


What objectives, if any, of the company is this project designed to meet?

Business Need

Why should we do this project?What will be gained, changed, or modified?Is there a financial or business reason to do this project?This area should contain any feasibility studies, NPV, PI, PB, or PBD used to advance the project.

Project Manager and Stakeholders

Who will lead this project? Who are the major stakeholders?


What are the key milestone dates associated with the project?


What is the order-of-magnitude budget for this project?