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Business Case: Traditional/Agile

The Business Case Report anchors the entire project: gaining initial approval and funding; reinforcing business objectives around which planning and development efforts are built; and serving as a continuous benchmark for decisions throughout the life of the project. Agile projects typically require less start-up documentation than traditionally managed projects, but must work through many of the same issues.

Traditional Approach

The Business Case Report is the document that anchors the entire project. Not only should it serve to gain initial approval and funding for the project, but it should reinforce the business objectives around which planning and development efforts are built, and should serve as a continuous benchmark for decisions throughout the life of the project, to ensure that all activities are done to realize a true business objective.

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Agile Approach

Agile projects typically require less start-up documentation than traditionally managed projects, but that doesn’t mean we don’t spend time working through many of the same issues. One of the first things we do when starting an Agile project is to create a Vision Statement. The Vision Statement defines the “why” of the project and basically lays out it’s reason for existence and our reason for being there. This can be captured in a simple …

TIPS

At the end of the day, the business case should read like story. It should grab readers’ attention, have a clear plot, and bring the audience to its intended conclusion. There are many different ways to present a business case. Different people will approach the same problem from different angles and suggest different solutions. Given this, a properly documented business case is vital to the success of any project. Consider the following:

> A …

TIPS

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there." — Yogi Berra

Taking the time to define the “why” and making sure everyone understands it will have an immediate and lasting impact on your team’s ability to succeed for your customer.  Here are a few tips to help you get started:

> Think big picture. Understanding the vision often means extending your view beyond your …



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