Charters Articles

Alex S. Brown, PMP IPMA-C

“The Charter: Selling Your Project” Speech Recording

Monday, 22 December 2008 by Alex Brown

This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI North America Congress on September 12, 2005. The entire 54-minute speech will play below, with slides synchronized to the audio, and it is also available as an audio or video podcast from this site. Available as a four-contact hour, four PDU on-line class through Real-Life [...]

“Project Charters Bridge Cultures” Speech Recording

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 by Alex Brown

Learn how project charters successfully bridged cultural gaps when making decisions among a community of Japanese and U.S. executives. Establishing a clear chartering process was the key to project management’s success at the company. The presentation will include templates and overviews of the processes established. This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI [...]

Negotiating For a Project Charter

Thursday, 2 October 2008 by Alex Brown

Download Printer-friendly version (PDF) Sponsors rarely hand project managers a clear, well-defined charter. Project managers need to ask, negotiate, and sometimes demand in order to get a useful charter. The negotiations begin as soon as the sponsor asks the project manager to investigate the new project or idea. The project charter may begin as a [...]

Negotiating Using a Project Charter

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 by Alex Brown

Project managers often face conflict. Resolving conflict in business requires negotiation. Project charters provide the foundation for project negotiations.

Learn how to use project charters effectively as a negotiating tool.

“The Charter: Selling Your Project” Available as an On-Line Speech and Class

Sunday, 25 November 2007 by Alex Brown

This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI North America Congress on September 12, 2005. You can hear the speech and see the slides right now. The entire 54-minute speech will play, with slides synchronized to the audio. Available as a four-contact hour, four PDU on-line class through Real-Life Projects, Inc..

Selecting the Best Format for a Project Charter

Thursday, 13 September 2007 by Alex Brown

Learn the best writing style, language, and format for your next project charter. In a fair world, only content would matter, but in the real world, these writing tips can help make your project successful.

Hear and See the Full Presentation of “Project Charters Bridge Cultures”

Sunday, 14 January 2007 by Alex Brown

Learn how project charters successfully bridged cultural gaps when making decisions among a community of Japanese and U.S. executives. Establishing a clear chartering process was the key to project management’s success at the company. The presentation will include templates and overviews of the processes established. This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI [...]

A Sample Template for Project Charters

Saturday, 8 October 2005 by Alex Brown

Organizations may choose to adopt a standard process for approving all projects. Using a template for all proposals can make the approval process easier and provide other benefits to the organization. This article provides a simple template, instructions on filling it out, and a sample completed project charter.

Any organization developing their own standard process to charter new projects can use this template as a starting point and customize it.

Examples of Project Charters

by Alex Brown

Four examples of possible project charters, with an explanation for each showing why it is or is not a charter. The examples are useful teaching examples, designed to challenge people’s ideas of what a project charter is and is not.

The Charter: Selling Your Project

Sunday, 18 September 2005 by Alex Brown

The best time to market your project to your organization is at the very start, in the project charter. It is the best chance you have to tie the project into the organizational strategy and to explain its value. Yet the charter is one of the least talked about deliverables in project management.

This material helps you market your projects by preparing a great charter. Learn how simple a good charter can be. Understand how this document can help build executive support and provide documented authorization for your work. Focus on creating a lasting, respectful bond with your senior managers or executive sponsors. It all starts with the charter.

Presented at PMI 2005 North America Congress in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2005. Presented again at a meeting of the PMI New York City Chapter on February 15, 2006.