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The power of the project charter: Roundtable discussion today

It’s called different names — project charter, initiation document, charge, project summary or proposal — but they all refer to the same thing: a powerful tool that can kick-start your project and keep it on track to completion.

Join a lively discussion about this often overlooked and undervalued tool in project management when UCOP’s Project Management Interest Group (PMIG) holds its monthly meeting today, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 12 to 1 p.m. in 11326 Franklin.

The project charter is a high-level document created at the beginning of a project that outlines scope, objectives, roles and responsibilities of the project participants and its primary stakeholders.

PMIG members and others are invited to attend to share their project management experience, tips and tricks and examples of their own project charters to examine questions such as:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of building a project charter?
  • What are the elements that make a project charter useful?

If you can’t attend in person, you can participate via ReadyTalk: Dial 866-740-1260 and enter access code 9879551. Find the PowerPoint presentation on the ReadyTalk website using the same access code.

PMIG is a staff-initiated affinity group of project managers that launched in 2009 to provide support and explore best practices and ideas for managing workflow and projects in their jobs at UCOP.

The group holds brown bag meetings the first Tuesday of each month, alternating between Franklin and Kaiser and often featuring guest speakers. Past meetings are archived in the shared documents folder on the PMIG SharePoint site.

If you’d like to receive reminders for each meeting, contact Paul Master at to be added to the PMIG listserv.


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