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Free Project Charter Template

What is a project charter?

A Project Charter is a document that presents the objectives, schedule, costs and potential risks of a future project and lists the stakeholders involved. It is a key asset in the project management process and helps improve both project planning and execution.

The Project Charter can also act as a contract between the project sponsor, key stakeholders, and the project manager. In Customer Relationship Management, the Project Charter is referred to as Project Definition Report.

Main sections of a project charter:

  1. Project Background: Describes the business case and help identify the project. Here you should write about the reasons for undertaking the project.

  2. Scopes and Objectives: To present your plan to solve the issue at hand.

  3. Project Schedule: To elaborate on and set dates for the key milestones of the project. A milestone can be anything from team forming to quality checks.

Reasons for using a project charter:

  • Authorization: To authorize the project
  • Keeping scope: Help keep the project in scope during execution
  • Pitching: Pitch the project to sponsors

Features of this project charter template:

  • Excel file format: simply use it with Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheet
  • Instantly printable: fill out the fields and you’re ready to go!
  • Blank sample: reusable any time you need a project charter
  • Intuitive design: clean, simple and professional
  • Fully customizable: add your company details and edit spreadsheet formatting
  • No email, sign-up or any further steps required

Get the project charter template here

This template is an Excel file. You can use it with Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheet.

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