What are the business reasons for doing this (Return on Investment)?
What is the scope?
Who is involved? Who is not involved?
How will we measure the outcomes? How will we know when we are done?
What are the risks? What can we do about them?
What are the constraints? What do we have to live with?
Who is in charge? Who can sign off on deliverables? Who can change the due dates, scope or budget?
How can we market the value of this new ‘thing’?
What is our message to people who will be impacted by our work?
Here’s a template that can help you get started.
Here’s a book that can help you.
Here’s the good news – our Project Charters are reusable. In a short amount of time, you’ll be sketching out a Project Charter in 45 minutes or less. More importantly, you’ll be delivering more value and less churn.