Making the Business Case
Proposals that Succeed for Projects that Work
A good business case is so much more than simply the means to justify a decision. A well-written and well-researched business case will secure funding; make sure any project stays on the right side of regulation; mobilize support for the cause; provide the platform for managing the project and the benchmark against which to measure progress. Ian Gambles' Making the Business Case shows you how to make sense of the task at hand, develop a strategy, articulate your options, define the benefits, establish the costs, identify the risks and make a compelling case. Just as with the best business cases, the text is concise, jargon-free and easy to read; illustrated throughout with practical examples drawn from real cases and including reflective exercises at the end of each chapter to help you consolidate what you have learned. At only 198 pages long, this is a jewel of a book; essential reading for the manager tasked with making the business case, the senior manager who needs to understand and test it, and the project manager who is responsible for delivering whatever is agreed on.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Task Definition; From Strategy to Options; Benefits; Costs; Achievability; Winning the Argument; Completing a Successful Business Case; Model Answers to the Exercises.
Prior to his role as Forestry Commission Director for England, Ian Gambles’ 12 years in consultancy were focused principally on developing and implementing strategy within the public sector. His earlier career included a stint as Director of National Infrastructure at the Planning Inspectorate, and he also has experience from both the public and private sectors, including HM Treasury. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.