You see a problem. You have a solution. You can’t get management to listen. That is, until you mention the resources required, and then they’re listening—and ready to shut you down.
If you want to make headway, you need to learn how to create a compelling business case. Our business analysis training will help you do just that.
“Doing something costs something. Doing nothing costs something. And quite often, doing nothing costs a lot more.” – Ben Feldman
Organizations rely on people who can pinpoint a problem and find a solution, whether it’s an issue with a report, a broken process, a system that not’s delivering as expected, or any other area that needs to be fixed or improved. But they don’t always want to commit the time and resources to make the change.
It can be frustrating when you’ve uncovered an issue and know there’s a better way, but management won’t take action. That’s why a business case is so valuable. It’s the perfect tool for not only articulating the problem and the solution, but also for convincing management that the return on the investment can be met within an acceptable timeframe.
Particularly when the value and ROI of a project aren’t immediately obvious, a clearly written business case provides the documentation management needs to feel confident about giving their approval to move forward.
Don’t think you have to create an extremely complex, highly technical document to make your argument. After all, a business case is a communication tool. Our business analysis training will show you exactly how to present a business case in the clearest, simplest terms.
With that in mind, here are the five sections that should be included in every business case:
These are the elements we teach in our business analysis training courses, in compliance with IIBA’s BABOK v2.0. One of the added benefits of this approach is that it helps you position yourself as someone who has thought through the issues and understands the overall business implications as well as the functional details.
So if you find that you keep running up against a brick wall in trying to get your ideas implemented for your business case, think about whether you’ve taken the time to present them in the best light. To learn more about this topic, or any other business analysis information, please reach out to us. We have been training exceptional business analysts since 1959.