Project Charter Interview
What is the name of the project? How should people refer to this project in conversation?
What problem will this project solve? Why is the organization undertaking this project? If you find yourself wanting to explain what you are going to do, you are answering the wrong question. What is the organizational context of this project? Is this project part of a larger program or related to other parallel efforts? If so, what are they. Reference other documentation rather than repeating detail here, if possible.
How will this project solve this problem? Again, we're not looking for the implementation here. What is a high-level description of what the project? The emphasis is on high-level. If you cannot fit it into a tweet, you are trying too hard. Sometimes augmenting the project name to form a complete sentence is enough.
Who is the Sponsor?
Who is the Project Manager?
What authority does the Project Manager have in the name of the project? Can he or she determine, manage, and approve changes to the budget, schedule, staffing, and so on?
Has the organization already assigned any resources (material or human) to this project? If so, what or who are they?
Does the sponsor think there are key stakeholders? If so, who are they?
What requirements do you already know? Alternatively, what requirements did the discovery phase use to justify the project in the first place? These are requirements for the project, not the product. It is okay to include some functional or technical requirements if they are a primary cause of the project, but this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of product specifications. Hint: Think more about what will make each known stakeholder satisfied than about speeds and feeds.
What product(s) or deliverable(s) is the sponsor expecting as the outcome of this project? When are they needed?
Remembering that a project is a unique set of strategically aligned activities, which of the institution’s strategic goals does this project support? Hint: Citing a goal or strategy from a strategic plan is enough.
Who needs to approve the start of and accept the completion of this project?
What high-level threats or opportunities have been identified for this project? Hint: Think more about seat belts and bath mats than earthquakes and terrorists. If you are completely stuck, here are some Risk Categories to get you thinking.
Place these criteria in priority order for success of this project (1 is highest, 7 is lowest):
- Customer Satisfaction