A project charter provides a map of the work and summary. It’s vital in order to give a work plan for the design team and keep the project focused (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2012). This discussion post will review the need and purpose of creating a project charter before creating a workflow redesign.
A project charter encompasses a problem statement, goals, objectives, accreditation and regulatory requirements, the scope of the project, systems capabilities, needed resources, milestones of the project, and a timeline. It is vital to create a project charter before the development of a workflow redesign to build the foundation and provide a direction for guidance. A workflow redesign focuses on identifying areas where change is needed, and improvements need to be made. It is essential in framing the project for a quality improvement modality (McBride & Tietze, 2015). A project charter is a framework needed to provide the framework necessary for establishing the improvement plan.