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What is a Project Charter?
In this page, I will give you all the elements you need to write a project charter.
This is a fundamental step.
It is a document where you and the team has to write down
the information about the project you have to carry out.
Write it 6 weeks before please!
You have to start to write the project charter at least 6 weeks
before starting a Lean Six Sigma project.
Then, you have to do in a team.
One of the main goals of the project charter is to align the team
and focus the team members on the target.
Project Charter Contents:
#1) The Title
What is the title of the project?
Believe me, it seems easy but to have a great title is one of the biggest challenges.
The real test is to ask some colleague that is not involved in the project to listen to the title.
You will be surprised how difficult is to have a YES!
If it is not clear to people is not clear for the team
#2) Business Case and Problem Statement
You have to explain why the business has to spend money on this project.
Please use numbers!
Do not be vague.
#3) Team Members
Who will work on this project?
– Team Leader
– Team Members
– Process Owner
Each of them has a role.
Do not accept to start without some of them.
Every project has to have a date of start and a date of finish.
Easy to say but hard to respect.
The committed date has to be respected.
My suggestion is maximum 4-6 months for a project.
#5) Critical to Quality
A good project has to have a measurable characteristic that is significant for the customer and the business.
We do a project to reduce wastes and produce savings.
Write down any constraint the team sees on its roadmap.
# 8) Timeline
The improvement project has to be ideally divided into phases, and any phase has to have a starting date and a duration.
The Project Charter is the blueprint for the improvement.
If you will respect these minimum points into writing it you will be already at the half of the road of the solution.
Here the points are summarized again:
- Business Case and Problem Statement
- Team Members
- Critical to Quality
- Time Line
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