I'll share an experience from my career. "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Oscar Wilde
It was my first week on the job, and my new manager informed me that I was assigned to a very high-profile, critical project. I asked if there was a project charter. I was told no, and summarily instructed to "Just go ahead and get started. Just go get it done." Being new to the company, I was determined to make a good impression and decided to move forward without one. And as you can imagine, I did make an impression.
As I walked out of the first meeting with the project team, my business partner took me aside and said, "Interesting meeting, In fact a very good meeting. But I have to ask you. Who the heck are you?"
After thinking about it further, I realized his real question was "What gives you the authority to tell anyone what to do?" (Or, in other words, who died and made you the boss?)
This is a tricky situation to maneuver. And your answer may diminish any chances you will have for success or your ability to "win over" and get buy in from the team. So it's best to circumvent such sticky situations before they happen.
Not having a project charter hinders the Project Manager from being successful in the role, thus impacting the overall success of the project. Thus, projects should not begin without one.
And if you find yourself in the situation where you don't have one, you should ask yourself then why are we even doing the project? If the project is important to the organization, then the time and effort should be put into creating this document to define the scope and overall priority of the project. It additionally empowers you as the Project Manager in your role and formally authorizes you to begin the project activities and obtain the resources to support and work on the project’s activities
A lesson learned. Make sure a project charter exists. Otherwise, you run the risk of people not knowing who you are or what your role is.
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