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What is a Project Charter?

The Project Charter is an official, basic document that outlines a process improvement project. It is the first step in a Lean Six Sigma project, and therefore takes place in the Define phase of DMAIC. However, it can be periodically reviewed, refined, and revised throughout the project.

The elements of a Project Charter can vary, but they generally include the:

  • Problem Statement
  • Business Case
  • Goal Statement
  • Timeline
  • Scope
  • Team Members

Project Charter Template

Learn how to use the Project Charter

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.