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Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:16 am
by ajaynit
i am bit confused in the project boundary.
Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation is done? or developing project charter is within project's boundary.
please help

Re: Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:30 am
by suresi00
The key objective of project charter to define the project start and project boundaries. Project officially starts with the authorization of Project chart .

Please refer PMBOK page 424. It says the project starts with authorization of project charter. To me then Project charter is outside the boundary and it defines the start of the boundary

Manish sir is my understanding right?

Re: Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:34 pm
by manishpn
ajaynit wrote:i am bit confused in the project boundary.
Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation is done? or developing project charter is within project's boundary.
please help


Do not look at project boundary only from the perspective of Project charter.
Project boundary diagram 3-4 explains
If Project charter development was outside the project boundary we would not have had that as process in PMBOK.
post Jan 17 changes, PMI expects that PM should be involved at early stage of project selection.

Re: Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:11 am
by suresi00
Manish sir,

Page 54 just above the figure 3-4 the sentence states like this :

" Although project team may help in writing the project charter the standard assumes that business case assessment, approval and funding are handled external to the project boundaries. A project boundary is defined as the point in time at which the start and completion of the project or phase is authorized.
When the project charter is approved the project become officially authorized. so that is the point where project starts.

Leaving to the discretion of the initiator of the question.

Re: Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:56 am
by ajaynit
Thanks Manish & Suresh for your opinion... with these 2 opinions i still feel i am where i were. :?

Re: Project Boundary starts after Project charter preparation?

Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:11 am
by ajaynit
A precise observation on the diagram suggested by Manish is making me interpret that initiating process (i.e project charter in this context) lie partially inside project boundary and lie partially outside project boundary.

With above observation , PMBOK page number 54/424 quoted by Sures also falls inline.

(My) conclusion is activities till the time project charter is approved/authorized falls outside project boundary and the moment charter is authorized Project Boundary Starts..

am i making any sense here?