One of first thing you do in a Six Sigma project (during the Define Phase of DMAIC or DFSS) is create the Project Charter. This is usually a one page document, which lays out all the key aims and parameters of the project.
The trick to the Project Charter (as with most templates) is to not reinvent the wheel each time you need one. Have a standard Project Charter and just fill in the boxes. The main parts you need are:
- Project Name
- Goals of the Project
- Main stakeholders and their needs
- Start Date and Target End Date
- Project Sponsor
- Project Black Belt (leader)
- Other Team members
It’s often worth getting the team and sponsor to sign the Project Charter, to improve buy-in and formalize the start of the project and the commitment to making it work.