Short projects, lasting two weeks to three months, are a common occurrence. Managing them takes more than a single “to-do” but doesn’t require a full-blown project plan.
That’s where I like to use a project charter. For me, a project charter is a simple, one-page document that captures the essence of the project.
The term project charter means different things to different people. I’m not hung up on the lingo. Call it Fred if you want. The key is to have a document that forces you to think through some critical elements of the project upfront, which dramatically improves the odds that the project will be a success.
When I was inside a company that used the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), we felt that charters doubled the successful completion rate of our rocks (quarterly initiatives).
Here is a short video that walks you through the project charter form that I use.
Please take a look and let me know what you think.
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