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April 14, 2011

  Building Business Cases for Initiating Internal Projects
What, Why and How

Speaker:    Dave Angelow, Executive Principal, Business Foundations


The discussion will focus on the development of business cases to support management decision-making for projects targeting improvements to internal activities (not development of new products to sell in the marketplace). 

We’ll look at three major topic areas

1.     What is a business case?

2.     Why is a business case needed?

3.     How is a business case developed?

To describe why a business case is needed, we’ll review where business cases fit within the overall business decision-making context. Describing the need for a business case sets the stage for discussing how a business case is developed. We’ll then elaborate on how to construct a business case - how to estimate costs and benefits for a project, and the use of sensitivity analysis to understand the impact of estimating errors on decision-making.

Finally, we will discuss positioning a business case, presenting it to the organization in support of decision-making for a new internal capability or process improvement.

The wrap up will tie together concepts and allow room for Q&A.

About the Speaker:

Dave Angelow
is an expert in value-stream mapping, process improvement and business case development focusing on start-ups and high-growth companies and primary assistance is driving improvements in revenue or costs. Dave has 12 years experience in business operations and program management with high-tech companies such as Dell, Applied Materials and Freescale/Motorola. Additionally Dave has over 10 years management consulting experience at companies such as Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, Kalypso and Business Foundations.

VP Austin-SPIN,
Apr 14, 2011, 10:45 PM