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Business Case Development for Business and IT Professionals


Whether you are a decision maker who wants your staff to propose and present good solid reasons for a project to be funded or a Business or IT Professional, this class will provide the knowledge and hands on experience to create a credible and compelling business case.


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Class Description

Learn to write a credible and compelling business case that decision makers cannot refuse.

The purpose of a business case is to justify the approval of a project by clearly stating the benefits to be delivered. In today’s economy, more and more decision makers are requesting easy to understand and straight forward information to decide which projects they should invest in and which ones to put aside.

Only projects that can show a direct and solid return on investment or those that have presented a compelling and believable “strategic importance” will be approved.

The logical path for Business and IT Professionals is to take the business case approach to getting projects approved. Business and IT professionals have two choices right now; either sit on the sidelines and wait till the economic environment is better to push their project(s) through or learn how to build a convincing business case.

Whether you are a decision maker who wants your staff to propose and present good solid reasons for a project to be funded or a Business or IT Professional, this class will provide the knowledge and hands on experience to create a credible and compelling business case.

Course Outline

I. What Purpose Does a Business Case Serve?
•What is a Business Case
•Why is a Business Case Needed
•Where does the Business Case fit into the Project Selection Process
•Who Creates a Business Case

II. Laying the Groundwork for Creating the Business Case

•Recognizing Needs, Problems and Opportunities
•Elements and building blocks of a Business Case
•Analyzing Stakeholders and Decision Makers
•Current verses Future Capabilities

III. Problem Definition and Alternative Techniques

•Connecting Cause and Effect
•Ask the Right Questions
•Be a Critical Thinker
•Creative Problem Solving

IV. Defining and Refining the Solution Scope

•Project Objectives
•Is it a Project or a Program
•Defining the Criteria for Success
•Possible Project Dependencies
•What is a Constraint

V. Estimating the Proposed Solution

•Why Should I Care about Estimating
•Estimating Techniques
•Vendor Assessment
•Watch out for Targets
•Look out for Assumptions

VI. Risk Assessment and Impact

•What is True Risk?
•The Risky Questions
•Facing the Unknown
•Determining Probability and Impact

VII. Business Case Value Proposition

•Business Case Value Proposition
•Understanding the Metrics
•Return on Investment (ROI)
•Many Ways to Measure Benefits & Cost

VIII. Presenting the Business Case

•What Other Information do You Need
•State the Facts
•Remember to be Persuasive
•Being Conscious of What You Say and How You Say It

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to write an effective business case, including:

•Business Customer, Users or Partners
•Business Analysts
•Business Systems Analysts
•Project Managers
•Program Managers
•Team Leaders
•IT Managers
•Operational Managers
•Systems Analysts

Additional Info

Class Length

3 Days

Class Locations

Live Virtual Class-Attend from Anywhere

Class Dates

Jan 06, 2016 thru Jan 08, 2016, Mar 16, 2016 thru Mar 18, 2016

Guarantee & Policies

Course registration info, our commitment to your privacy,

and general terms and conditions


Course registration information:

All courses carry Project Consult’s Guarantee of 100% Satisfaction: 
Project Consults provides an unsurpassed training experience. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the program, simply notify the instructor or registrar of your intent to withdraw from the program prior to the first morning break, turn in your course materials and receive a 100% refund. If at the end of the program day, you are unsatisfied with the program, we will credit your tuition towards a future program of your choice.

Payment Policy:
Payment is required at time of registration. Approved forms of payment include a company purchase order, PayPal, or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Courses are available as onsite training: 
All courses are available as onsite training at your location. On-site options can be very cost effective.

Course Hours:
This course begins promptly at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course page or in email notifications. Please arrive at 8:00 AM on the first morning of class to sign-in and meet your fellow attendees.

Shipping of Course Materials:
In an effort to reduce paper waste, course materials for live-online sessions will be digital. You will recieve information on how to obtain your course materials in your confirmation email.

Substitution & Cancellation Policy: 
If a change needs to be made to your public course registration (cancel, transfer, or substitution) Project Consults must receive written notice via email at If a cancel or transfer request is made less than 15 business days prior to the class start date, payment will still be due, no refunds will be issued and you will be charged a $200 change fee. Your paid tuition will be available for one year to be used as a credit towards another course of equal value; only one reenrollment opportunity is allowed. Failure to attend the course without written notification will result in forfeiture of the full course price. Student substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of class free of charge. If a student substitution is made for a live, online session and any hard-copy materials have been provided to the initial student, it is the responsibility of the client to pass along those materials to the new attendee. If Project Consults is forced to cancel a course for any reason, liability is limited to the registration fee only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact or call 469-424-1084.

In certain situations, Project Consults may not have the required enrollment to hold a course as scheduled. We do our best to confirm every class, but our main mission is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to have a positive impact on their work performance. Based on this, should there be a cancellation for a class you are enrolled in, Project Consults will proactively automatically enroll you into the next available live, online session of the same course to provide you with the knowledge you originally needed. You will be notified during this process and have the ability to work with an Project Consults representative regarding alternate options if you are unable to attend the new session.

Substitution & Cancellation Policy (PMP Boot Camp): 
If you are unable to attend your scheduled training class, please contact us directly at 469-424-1084. We require a 16 calendar day notice to reschedule or to cancel any registration (and receive refund for payment). Failure to provide the required notification will result in a 100% charge of the course fee. If a student does not attend a scheduled course without prior notification, or contacts us to cancel within the notification window, the student will have the option to pay a $200 reschedule fee to attend one of the live, online sessions of the PMP Boot Camp. Within the notification period, only student substitutions will be permitted.

Hotel Reservations:
Project Consults does not set aside a block of rooms for class participants. If you wish to book a sleeping room please contact Project Consults for the best hotel options or recommendations. For directions to the course location please call Project Consults or you may also contact the training center or hotel directly.


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