The Business Case Checklist

Everything You Need to Review a Business Case, Avoid Failed Projects, and Turn Technology into ROI

The Business Case Checklist is the first professionalIT due diligence checklist for executives.

It can save your project investment, time, and money. 

What Amazon readers say:

"I've found this book to be extremely useful."

"This book is a brilliant application of checklists to the business case."

"I don't see anything in this book that is unnecessary; everything works toward establishing a high-quality baseline for evaluating the worth of IT investments."

"There are some pithy, memorable expressions throughout this very well-written book."

"Forces me to think about what is really important when making large IT investments."

"Makes your business case structured and compelling, but needs more on ownership and managing stakeholders."

The Business Case Checklist stops crashed project investments in three ways:

  1. The 12 questions to ask of any business case. Inadequate or missing answers mean you should avoid the investment.
  2. An investment score to guide your decision.
  3. A business case grade to improve your investment process.

In addition, the checklist has 73 best practices for implementation. Tips to avoid bad projects include:

  • Consider any forecasts of ROI exceeding 40% as a speculative investment. See best practice 12.
  • Exercise diligence about who you are buying from. See best practice 18.
  • Be manic depressive about cost estimates. Use expected case, bad case, and worse-case cost paths. See best practice 33.
  • Consider every dimension of feasibility: economic, technical, operational, and financial. See best practice 47.

This book will help you make faster, leaner decisions if you are a:

  • Business unit executive funding technology projects.
  • Financial executive reviewing the accuracy of a business case and its financial model.
  • Technology executive looking to sponsor successful business cases and technology projects.
  • Technology marketer or salesperson needing to sell using a believable, compelling business case.
  • Project manager justifying your technology project.