Week 1 – Assignment: Identify the Project Topic—The Project Charter
This week you will design a project charter.
Each project needs a project charter—a statement of the nature and justification of the project. As part of the project charter, the project scope must be defined, estimated project duration is given, the initial sequence of activities outlined, and an allocated budget presented in its initial statement and developed in more detail in the project plan (the Signature Assignment of this course). The project manager is designated. The Project Management Docs portal (certified by the Project Management Institute), provides templates for a project charter.
As part of the project charter, which can be a template or a document, you will identify the scenario or operation chain where you will develop a project plan for an IT development, process, and/or service improvement. Because this is the first part of your Signature Assignment, you must be detailed in your scenario selection.
When selecting your project topic, make sure it is not too small or too complex (remember time constraints—this course lasts eight weeks), and avoid working in an area where you have little or no knowledge. The project should not identify a specific organization or sensitive data; therefore, if you are working with a known scenario, all names, locations, and operations indicators must be protected. Sample criteria to consider are that the project has at least 20 people, has a budget of $4-5 million, and lasts at least 15 months.
Some sample topic selections are:
As you design your project charter, you can create your own format similar to the templates or outline shown in Figure 1.3 and Figure 1.4 in this week’s introduction. The project charter should describe the project and its initial stakeholders in detail and must include:
A sample outline for the design of a project charter is as follows:
Length: 4-6 pages not including the cover page and reference pages. This document does not follow the APA format because it can be a template or table structure and layout. However, citations must adhere to APA standards.
References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources.
Your project charter should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing and APA standards.
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