Project Charter Template

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What is a Project Charter?

A Project Charter is a Lean tool that outlines a process improvement project for both the process improvement team as well as leadership. Teams use the charter to clarify the process issue being addressed, the reason for addressing it, and what success looks like for those working on it. It’s also used to clarify what’s not being addressed or is out of scope.


The Project Charter is the first step in a project after a specific process has been identified for improvement using the Eight Wastes Check Sheet. The team will continue to refine the charter as they work on the project.

This simple template has space for the key charter elements:

  • Problem statement
  • Goal statement
  • Scope
  • Business case and benefits
  • Timeline
  • Team members

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