Developing Effective Business Cases

Enabling Better, Faster Business & IT Decisions
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Developing Effective Business Cases - Course Overview

An effective business case is a powerful tool. It enables decision makers at every level of the organization to rapidly and confidently make better business and IT decisions – decisions that balance the allocation of time, budget, talent and risk among alternatives and with competing opportunities and priorities.

Developing effective professional business cases is an essential skill for business and IT professionals. Decision makers rely on business analysts to develop thorough, objective, accurate business cases to support changes in business processes and supporting business systems. 

Business cases, however, are often developed ad-hoc without a formal standardized approach. Presentation and communication of cases is often ambiguous. The result is sub-optimal decisions, missed opportunities and diminished credibility with decision makers and stakeholders. 

Inteq’s 2-day course Developing Effective Business Cases provides business and IT professionals with the techniques, methods and critical thinking skills to thoroughly analyze, professionally develop and clearly communicate business cases – to decision makers and stakeholders at all levels. 

Developing Effective Business Cases is based on best practices gleaned from the experiences of developing thousands of effective business cases across the spectrum of business and I.T. decisions in both the private and public sector. It’s your roadmap and framework for developing effective professional business cases.

The Gold Standard for Professional Business Analysis Training

Inteq’s Developing Effective Business Cases is a highly interactive high-energy training program. It’s specifically designed to enable you and your organization to succeed in today's rapidly changing, complex chaotic business environment.

Inteq training has emerged as the gold standard for professional business analysis training - and are simply the most effective training programs available in the industry. 

Inteq training is more than education; its transformation - for the participants, project teams and their organizations. That’s why over 300,000 business and I.T. professionals worldwide choose Inteq's business analysis training courses.

Developing Effective Business CasesTraining Course Outline

Business Case Key Concepts
  • Business opportunities and business cases
  • Business case myths and misconceptions
  • An enterprise 360° perspective
  • Business case framework and roadmap
Analyzing Business Opportunities
  • Identifying business opportunities
  • Business change drivers
  • Operationalization tactics
  • Scope of change
  • Tracking metrics 
Developing the Components of Business Cases
  • Value drivers and stakeholders
  • Risks/risk mitigation
  • Costs and constraints
  • Supporting and opposing arguments
Managing Opportunities and Cases
  • Iterative evolution of business opportunities and cases
  • Developing opportunity user stories
  • Opportunity priority and status
  • Validating business cases
  • Presenting business cases
  • Backlog grooming and decision making
Business Case - Case Study
Participants identify opportunities, develop sophisticated business cases and discuss decisions that impact workflows, reporting relationships and business systems in connection with a complex real-world business process. This case study provides an invaluable template that participants can leverage to create effective business cases in their organization.
Discovering Business Knowledge
  • Professional analysis vs. order taking
  • Superficial vs. Deep | Light vs. Heavy
  • Key sources of business knowledge
  • Discovery techniques and methods
Essential Professional Skills
  • Identifying and organizing the right participants
  • Facilitation techniques and best practices
  • Capturing and validating session knowledge
  • Managing difficult personalities and situations
Best Practice Guidance
  • Thinking like an owner
  • Utilizing agile, rapid and iterative analysis techniques
  • Scaling cases to opportunities
  • Getting started Monday morning 
Who Should Attend?

Business Analysts, Business Systems Analysts, Project Managers, IT and business professionals that develop business cases, managers, staff and other stakeholders that rely on effective business cases and/or are impacted by the business decisions and outcomes of business cases.

None. Inteq’s Developing Effective Business Cases training program provides a comprehensive and cohesive approach to developing business cases regardless of background and level of experience.

Developing Effective Business Cases is designed to seamlessly integrate with Inteq’s Business Process Modeling Business Process Reengineering Business Systems Analysis  and Agile Business Analysis training courses.
Learning Options:
Onsite Training: Onsite at your locations worldwide or via our live virtual classroom | Contact us for details.
Course Length:
What’s included?
In addition to the world-class training, participants also receive a comprehensive course workbook - which is yours to keep, supplemental materials, a personalized Certificate of Completion and CEU (continuing education unit) credits.

You will learn:

  • To quickly and accurately map business processes
  • To create professional effective business cases
  • To enable better, faster business and IT decisions
  • A standardized framework for developing business cases
  • Private and public sector best practices
  • To work confidently with decision makers and other stakeholders
  • To avoid common mistakes in developing business cases
  • The types of decisions that require business cases
  • To ensure the integrity and credibility of your business cases
  • To communicate and present business cases
  • Visual diagramming techniques for scoping, analyzing, validating and presenting business case
  • ... and much more

What is the Next Step?

All Inteq training programs are available onsite at your locations worldwide or via our live virtual classroom.

Contact us for details at or 800.719.4627 to discuss your training objectives and how Inteq's training programs can help you in achieving those objectives.


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