International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Information Technology | United States of America | Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023 | Rating: 5.1 / 10

Navigating IT Project Complexities: The Role of the Project Charter in Aligning Business and Technical Objectives

Vaijinath Susuruth Narayana Saker [4]

Abstract: This white paper addresses critical aspects of IT project management, focusing on the pivotal role of the project charter in guiding projects to successful completion. It delves into the common challenges faced by IT Project Managers, particularly in managing stakeholder expectations and understanding of the project's scope. The paper highlights the frequent disconnect between business stakeholders' perception and the defined parameters of IT projects, emphasizing the need for clarity on what is considered 'in scope' and 'out of scope'. It underscores the necessity of a detailed project kick - start meeting, where the IT Project Manager should elucidate the importance of the project charter, with a particular focus on scope boundaries. Further, the paper discusses the challenges arising from stakeholders' unfamiliarity with the integral role of the project charter, leading to scope creep and misaligned expectations. It proposes strategies for educating stakeholders about the project charter, thereby ensuring alignment on project goals, risks, assumptions, and limitations. Additionally, the paper explores the complexities surrounding the integration of out - of - scope items into the project, emphasizing the critical role of a Project Change Request and the dynamics of the Change Control Board. It offers insights into preemptive communication strategies to mitigate misunderstandings and align business and IT objectives from the project's initiation phase. Lastly, the paper examines the impact of external dependencies on project timelines and stakeholder relationships, suggesting proactive measures for risk and assumption management. It argues for early and transparent communication to manage expectations and maintain healthy stakeholder relationships, even in the face of unforeseen challenges. In essence, this white paper serves as a comprehensive guide for IT Project Managers, offering effective strategies for navigating the complexities of stakeholder management, scope definition, and change control in IT projects, thereby ensuring a harmonious and successful project delivery.

Keywords: IT project management, project charter, scope, stakeholders, communication

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023,

Pages: 895 - 897

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