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Building the Business Case

Course Details

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Do you need to be able to prepare strong business cases for your projects?

This one-day workshop takes you through the process, from defining the business need using techniques like systems thinking and root cause analysis, to preparing a strong business case including costs and benefits.

This workshop includes material and techniques from Enterprise Analysis and Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge areas in the IIBA’s Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide).


The Business Analysis Essentials class is recommended but not required as the first course in the series. All students must complete this course as part of the certificate program. Students will receive a recent copy of the BABOK® Guide in the Business Analysis Essentials class.

Who Should Attend

This course will benefit business analysts, executives, functional managers, project managers, programmers interested in expanding their effectiveness, and any other individuals involved in project work.

Continuing Education Information

  • .65 CEUs
  • 6.5 PDUs
  • 6.0 CDUs
  • After completing the course please contact the Program Coordinator for the PMI® or IIBA® Course Activity Number

As a PMI Registered Education Provider, The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Development Center has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our courses (Provider # 1616). The PMI logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The Professional Development Center is an Endorsed Education Provider of the IIBA® (EEP # E48092). IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. These trademarks are used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis.


Upon successful completion, students will learn:

  • How to create measurable objectives
  • How to define the business need and the desired outcomes
  • How to perform a root cause analysis to identify the cause of a problem
  • How to analyze capability gaps
  • Understand commonly used enterprise architecture frameworks
  • How to select the solution approach
  • How to define the scope of the solution
  • How to analyze costs and benefits
  • How to analyze risks
  • How to prepare a business case

Detailed Course Outline

  • The Enterprise Analysis Knowledge Area
  • Defining measurable objectives
  • Identifying the real business need
  • Systems thinking
  • Root cause analysis techniques
  • Activity: Root cause analysis
  • Defining the desired outcomes
  • Analyzing capability gaps
  • Enterprise architecture frameworks
  • SWOT analysis
  • Activity: Identify required capabilities
  • Determining the solution approach
  • Conducting a feasibility study
  • Activity: Rank alternative solutions
  • Defining the scope of the solution
  • Scope models
  • Determining the implementation approach
  • Activity: Define implementation approach
  • The business case and Project Portfolio Management
  • Analyzing solution costs and benefits
  • Activity: Analyze costs and benefits
  • Risk analysis
  • Activity: Analyze risks
  • Components of the business case
  • Activity: Build and present a business case

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