How to get your business case approved first time

Getting a decision is the culmination of the long process of preparing a business case Getting agreement to your recommendation is the definition of success. But it isn’t just about giving the decision-maker what they want but requires that you accurately read what they need and value, their interests and priorities and then make sure … Read more

How to generate the best list of solution options

Most business case fall short when generating a long list of options. Let us consider this issue from three perspectives. Firstly clarify the problem or opportunity. Business Cases are often constrained by what I call ‘in the box’ thinking.  The constraints include funding availability, political and community expectations, published strategies or plans, or constrained by … Read more

How to establish the baseline for a business case

Successfully completing a business case requires establishing a robust baseline – there are three elements to consider: the base case assumptions underlying the demand forecasts treatment of risk and uncertainty The Base Case Project evaluations compare the costs and benefits of doing something, or the project case, with not doing it, or the base case. … Read more

Using a Logical Framework to deliver Outcomes

How does your project contribute to delivering the strategic outcomes, the desired results? In this short video I explain how to align your project to desired outcomes using a LogFrame or Logical Framework Analysis.  In your experience: How often are projects properly aligned with desired outcomes? – post your comments

When to create a business case

Need to solve a problem? Want to take advantage of a new opportunity? Start by building a business case. What is a business case? You may feel pressure to propose a quick solution in order to seize an opportunity or to solve a problem. But recommending an action without considering a range of alternatives is … Read more

How to get resources to address transport challenges?

In previous articles the steps in addressing transport challenges were outlined: Role of strategy in solving everyday transport challenges A systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges How to select a solution to solve transport challenges The next step is getting a decision on resourcing – a systematic approach to evaluating transport proposals and presenting … Read more

How to select a solution to solve transport challenges

Selecting the most appropriate intervention or option to address a transport challenge is the next step after determining the strategy and desired outcomes and analysing the challenges. Usually there is more than one way to address any transport challenge. Different options have different contributions, key stakeholders, resourcing and risk profiles. A package of interventions may … Read more

A systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges

Analysis means identifying and describing the specific problem(s) being faced and getting an understanding of the underlying cause and effect relationships. Avoiding Mistakes In the article: How can you avoid transport policy mistakes? I discussed the key mistakes that transport professionals experience when solving complex challenges: Problem-Solution Thinking   Forgetting key stakeholder perspectives Ill-defined problem statement Rational Approach … Read more