Project Charter Changes in the Fourth Edition PMBOK®

Posted on January 6, 2010 by


The Project Charter is one of the most important documents in project management. In addition to other purposes, this document officially authorizes the project so that resources may be assigned. The Project Management Institute has streamlined the Project Charter from the third edition PMBOK to the fourth edition PMBOK. Of course, individual organizations and PMO’s will choose variations that best suit their needs. Here are three categories of Project Charter content: items in the Project Charter that are listed in both the third and fourth edition, additions to Project Charter items, and deletions to Project Charter items.

• Project Charter Includes:

Stuff that was Included Before

– Project Purpose or Justification

– Summary Milestone Schedule

– Summary Budget

– High-level Project Description, Product Characteristics

– Assigned Project Manager, Responsibility and Authority Level

New Stuff!

– Measurable Project Objectives and Related Success Criteria

– High-level Requirements

– Project Approval Requirements

– Name and Authority of Sponsor Authorizing Project Charter

– High Level Risks

• Project Charter NO LONGER Includes:

Assumptions (Now in Scope Statement)

Constraints (Now in Scope Statement)

Stakeholder Influences (Now in Stakeholder Register)

Functional Organizations and Their Participation (Now in Stakeholder Register)

Requirements (Now High-level Requirements)

Business Case Justifying the Project (Now in Business Case Document)