Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 10, 2016 - Feb 28, 2017


2 weeks


6 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


As a professional, you’re deeply invested in the projects you work on; and you might have ideas that can have a positive impact on your organization. But how can you convince others to buy into your vision?

A project charter is a document that serves at the first step in turning your ideas into reality. It describes your opportunity; shares your vision; presents a roadmap; identifies objectives, resources, and risks; and compellingly demonstrates the value and feasibility of your project.

The ability to create a clear and effective project charter is a key component in being a skilled project manager. Project management is a desirable skill that shows value in nearly every modern organization. Computerworld’s 2015 survey of IT recruiters identified project management as the second most sought-after professional skill, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth for IT managers to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022.


  • Articulate a project’s business driver
  • Align a project’s objectives with an organizational strategy/mission
  • Describe all project objectives
  • Describe all project benefits
  • Evaluate project scope
  • Identify key stakeholders
  • Anticipate project milestones
  • Articulate project constraints
  • Articulate project assumptions
  • Articulate project risks and dependencies

Course Author

Suresh Chalasani

Suresh Chalasani, PhD


Suresh Chalasani is a professor in the Business department at UW-Parkside. Prior to joining UW-Parkside, he worked as an assistant professor at UW-Madison. He also served as a consultant for several companies in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Dr. Chalasani’s educational background includes a PhD from the University of Southern California. Dr. Chalasani’s current research and teaching interests include management information systems, technologies for business supply chains, transforming business processes using technologies, sustainable management, healthcare management, and healthcare technologies. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).