It is generally acknowledged that the business case is probably the most critical document to be found in the project management plan. Despite this there remains considerable confusion over why it is required, its content and who should create, approve and maintain it. Accordingly business cases are all too often poorly prepared, if indeed they are prepared at all.
The purpose of this workshop is to develop a detailed understanding of this critical document. The workshop will ensure delegates can create and use the business case, in practical terms, to ensure the right projects are approved and also guide their actions in effectively managing any size or complexity of project.
The workshop is based around a 'live' case study project which requires delegates to work in groups to create an outline business case in the 'concept' phase, followed by a refined full business case created in the 'definition' phase. Delegates will fine tune their skills as the full business case is completed and will then use the document to help them manage the project scenario. The workshop is highly interactive with a skilled and experienced trainer taking the part of the project sponsor, to ensure delegates are directed and supported through the completion and use of the business case.
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Suitable for anyone in a project scenario that needs to write, co-write, approve, maintain or use a business case to justify, run or report on a project.
Please note: This is not a persuasive writing skills course – it focuses instead on the fundamental content headings and overall approach, rather than the styles of writing to be used.
Those who need to learn the fundamentals of the wider range of project tools and techniques (e.g. milestones, Gantt charts, network diagrams, risk procedures etc.) should consider 'An Introduction to Effective Project Management'.
By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
In order to maximise the learning, delegates are provided with some reading prior to the workshop, so they can familiarise themselves with the project scenario they will be using. The pre-course activity is accessed online on the Hemsley Fraser Delegate Learner Portal.
What is a Business Case?
The Different Levels and Types of Business Case
The Business Case and the Project Lifecycle
The Business Case - Roles and Responsibilities
Structuring a Business Case
The Need for a Benefits Management Plan in Parallel
Changes to the Business Case – How to Handle Them
Losing Business Justification – the Required Actions
If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.
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