How to Create a Better Business Case

Business Case

In our hyper-competitive global economy, all business assets are called upon to do more. Reward and recognition resources are no exceptions.

If firms are to continuously outperform a growing crowd of existing and emerging challenges, they must optimize the impact of their programs.

The business case is a decision support tool used by management to evaluate and rank projects. Used to ascertain the likely financial costs and outcomes and/or consequences of a particular business investment, it is changing as a business tool. This is because decisions are becoming more macro in nature and are integrating the entire value chain into consideration.

The term business case is analogous to a legal case. The presenter is making the case for his/or her request for funding by applying evidence or reasoning to his conclusions.

Like a lawyer presenting a case, your must connect all the evidence (findings) to a conclusion that is compelling and financially sound.

The evaluation involves financial techniques that economic executives use to put requests for funding into a context that is “apples to apples” against other requests for capital and evaluates your request again others in the context of economic gain.

But that’s not the only consideration. While every business case has financial elements there is no one tried and true way to formulate it. You will find many established standards for business case content and structure already in play.

Check with other members of your senior management team to determine what formats they have used and follow that template.

You will probably notice that the ones that stand out (and get approved) address the business issue in a holistic manner.  He or she proposes a project that is philosophically consistent with the strategic direction of the organization.

Successful cases rationalize both alignment and the ability to make money above and beyond existing hurdle rates.

Tips to get your business case approved

  • Deep understanding of requirementsIf possible, find out whether a single person or a committee will make the approval and what their decisions are based on. 
  • Build trust. A successful business case includes not only strong reasons why it has to be approved, but also provides with ideas on how to implement it to the best.
  • Have decision makers take a prior look on your case. This way you will find out their objections before presenting your business case and have the chance to address them. Such an approach greatly increases your chances to get accepted.
  • Get the decision-makers advisers support. If you have no chance to get in contact with decision-makers, find persons who report to them and try to gain their support.

To wrap it all up, building a better business case, it’s not only about deep research but also trying to get a prior feedback on your case of influencers people. Make use of the above shared info to create a case hard to ignore!

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