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Free Project Charter Template

Project Charter Template How many times have you started working on a project and don’t even have formal authorization for that project to exist?  A project charter is a document issued by the project initiator or sponsor that formally authorizes the existence of the project, and provides the project manager with the authority to apply organizational resources to project activities.  Using this template will put all the cards on the table.  Knowing answers to key areas before you begin will save you time and money.

This document includes areas for project overview, authority and milestones, organization, and points of contact.

On your current project, do you know the project oversight authority?  Do you know your critical success factors? Have you documented all of your project roles and responsibilities?  If you used this template, you would increase your chances for success by documenting the basics up front.

MS Word[Click here to download the free Project Charter Template]

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

2 Responses to “Free Project Charter Template”

  1. Camille Cowans
    May 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm


    First, thank you so much for your free templates – they are well done! I do have a question for you regarding section 3.3 of your project charter template, you have as your Legend
    E = responsible for execution (may be shared)
    A = final approval for authority
    C = must be consulted
    I = must be informed

    Should the ‘E’ be ‘R’?

    • May 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Camille, I think I was trying to be clever by replacing the standard RACI with EACI. No, actually, I think I just messed that up. Took 7 years for someone to ask? I appreciate you really looking at it! It should be R.

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