Documenting the vision for a project and the constraints in a project charter are an important part of project leadership. The triple constraints facing any project are scope, schedule, and budget. The project goals and constraints can be documented in a charter, scope of work (SOW), project proposal, statement of objectives, or performance work statement.
- Defining the vision is a key pillar of project leadership.…So you need to make sure that your entire team…understands the problem you're trying to solve,…or the opportunity you're trying to pursue.…Let's see how a project charter can help…to provide this clarity.…When you think you understand the scope of your project,…and why you're doing it,…write that down in clear, simple language…in a project charter.…The project charter should answer questions like…what you're trying to do,…what things are acceptable options,…and what things are off-limits?…Try to capture your scope clearly enough…that you'll be able to recognize…when scope changes are required in the future,…because scope changes almost always require…changes to budgets and schedules, too.…
And speaking of scope changes, you'll want to agree on…a process for requesting, approving,…and communicating these scope changes if they arise.…Along with scope, the project charter should describe…what resources you're going to need.…Will you need a budget?…Will you need a commitment of time from other folks?…
- Defining the vision
- Documenting the project scope
- Investigating potential options
- Conducting a SWOT analysis
- Selecting a course of action
- Resolving issues
- Building trust with transparency
- Managing project plans
- Identifying risks
- Changing processes
- Helping people transition
Skill Level Intermediate
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