Project Declaration is a formal document that defines the factual information about a given project. This document describes all project activities and events and their desired results and effects; it also identifies in what chronological order and within what period of time the project is expected to be accomplished.
There are several items the project declaration document includes:
- Summary of project work with details on planned activities, events and circumstances
- Activity time and chronological order
- Description of project results
- Possible effect of the project on stakeholders
Project declaration is a part of the project definition document that sets boundaries or limits included in the project. Its objective is to give the project a distinctive identity and precise direction to prevent any conflicts, overlaps or misunderstandings between people and organizations involved.
Project declaration is similar to statement of work (SOW) but they are not the same documents. The key distinction is that project declaration uses rather a descriptive manner to define project work; it aims to present a project to stakeholders. Meanwhile, SOW includes technical specifications and detailed descriptions of project work.