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Who signs the project charter?

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Who is the person who signs the project charter. Is it the project manager? Is it one of the stakeholder (or several stakeholders at the same time)? Is it the project's client?
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The PMBOK® GUIDE FOURTH edition, page 78, line 4, states “Name and authority of the sponsor or other person(s) authorizing the project charter”. So we determine that that the sponsor authorizes it, but others also can. In both cases we believe that they must sign it (off) in order to firmly authorize it.

Page 74 adds “The project initiator or sponsor should be at a level that is appropriate to funding the project. They will either create the project charter or delegate that duty to the project manager. The initiator’s signature on the charter authorizes the project”. Here we deduce that the ‘initiator(s)’ is/are ‘other person(s) authorizing the project charter’.

Finally, the’ Exam Support Team’ of ‘The PM PrepCast explains the differences between the term ‘sponsor’ and the term ‘initiator’ in  http://pmzilla.com/project-initiator-vs-sponsor , Mon, 08/23/2010 - 20:26 .

We hope that you will find this information helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Aitor Goti (PhD, PMP®) and Gorka Unzueta (PMP)
answered 8 years ago by anonymous edited 8 years ago by me

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