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- The Develop Project Charter process is concerned with authorizing the project and identifying the project manager and providing the project manager with the authority to apply organizational resources for the project.
- The Project Charter also is the proof of commitment from the senior management towards the project.
- The Project Charter should be authored by the sponsor although the project manager can be involved during its creation.
- A contract is not the same as a project charter.


- Project Statement of Work: This has the detailed product description. The SoW must address the following–
-> Business need
-> Product Scope Description
-> Strategic Plan
- Business Case: This document has the reason as to why the project is undertaken.
-> Is the Project worth the investment?
-> Cost / Benefit Analysis
-> Used for Decision making by senior management
- Agreements: Agreements might take the form of SLAs so that the intent or implication is clear. E.g., MoU, Contract, SLA
- Enterprise Environmental Factors: The constraints under which the organization is performing. E.g., Government Standards, Marketplace conditions
- Organizational Process Assets: Templates for Project Charter or lessons learnt from previous similar projects.

Tools & Techniques

- Expert Judgment: Prior experience coming from other managers or organization units in similar projects. E.g., Consultants, Industry Groups, PMO, SME
- Facilitation techniques: Facilitation might take the form of identifying the right resource for the project or meetings to kick start the project.


- Project Charter: This is the document that identifies the Project Manager and authorizes the project manager to take charge of the project in order to apply organizational resources. It has high-level details and forms the basis for other project documents and deliverables, most importantly the PM plan. It has all the details in high-level such as risks, schedule, budget, project purpose, requirements, stakeholder list, objectives, success criteria, assumptions and constraints.

Match the Following

1. Agreement - a. Cost / Benefit Analysis
2. Project Charter - b. MoU
3. Business Case - c. Product Description
4. SoW - d. Mission Statement
5. Strategic Plan – e. Marketplace conditions
6. Enterprise Environmental – f. High-level risks

Match the Following (Answers)

1. Agreement - b. MoU
2. Project Charter - f. High-level risks
3. Business Case - a. Cost / Benefit Analysis
4. SoW - c. Product Description
5. Strategic Plan – d. Mission Statement
6. Enterprise Environmental – e. Marketplace conditions