Assignment 2: Team Business Case
The purpose of this task is to provide students with practical experience in working in teams to develop a project business case in order to solve an IT business problem.
Timelines and Expectations
Percentage Value of Task: 20% (45 marks)
Due: Week 8 – Friday, January 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm
Minimum time expectation: Preparation for this task will take approximately 20 hours
Learning Outcomes Assessed
The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment:
K1. Analyse and evaluate various project management methodologies utilised on IT projects.
K2. Understand the importance of strategic alignment of IT projects to organisational objectives.
K3. Investigate and evaluate a variety of strategies for coordinating IT project change.
S1. Apply project planning and selection techniques.
S2. Demonstrate theoretical and practical implementation of leadership, team building, and performance management approaches for IT projects.
S3. Utilise decision making and problem solving approaches to resolve and pre-empt range of problems on IT projects.
S4. Apply delegation and negotiation techniques in order to manage organisations, stakeholders, and team members on IT projects.
A1. Construct written and verbal approaches to developing and presenting IT project documentation.
A2. Implement a systems thinking approach to managing IT projects.
A business case is the first deliverable in the IT project life cycle. It provides an analysis of the organisational value, feasibility, costs, benefits, and risks of several proposed alternatives or options.
A business case helps to determine whether or not a project justifies an organisations investment into a project. The business case defines the problem and its impact and performs a cost benefit analysis for the proposed solution. It also looks at possible alternative solutions. The business case should also provide a check to see that the project aligns with the organisation’s strategic plan.
For on preparing a business case, see: http://www.cio.com.au/article/433382/how_make_winning_business_case/
ITECH 7401 LEADERSHIP IN IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
In this assignment, you will be required to form teams of approximately four (4) people. One team member is to be
elected the project leader for the duration of the project. Teams will prepare a project business case based on an IT
project case study and should use their own initiative regarding assumptions and the scheduling all deliverables.
An electronic copy of a case study will be available from your tutor or course lecturer (alternatively your team may
wish to propose their own project—please get permission from your lecturer before proceeding with this).
Ideally the business case should contain details of the following:
introduction and description of project background
description of project objectives (including link to organisational mission statement)
description of the current situation (including a SWOT analysis)
outline of problem/opportunity statement
details of critical assumptions and constraints
an analysis of options and recommendations
financial analysis (npv, roi and payback figures)
preliminary project requirements (project preliminary scope)
budget estimate (cost model and baseline)
schedule estimate (including work breakdown structure level 3)
list of potential risks
Templates for the above documents are available from your lecturer/tutor. You can use these as a basis, but you
are encouraged to research new and innovative ways of presenting your business case.
A quality team business case will demonstrate a synthesis of plan content, templates and ideas acquired from
project management professionals and academic authors with details from the case study provided. Innovation
marks may be awarded for evidence of additional deliverables, team participation such as meeting agenda’s and
minutes, leadership approach etc.
Business plans should be presented as a business or management style report, in accordance with:
General Guide to Referencing: https://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/313328/FedUni-General-
General Guide to Writing and Study Skills: http://federation.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/190044/General-
Guide-to-Writing-and-Study-Skills.pdf, see p.36.
Team Business Plans should be submitted in electronic format by the team project leader via moodle (one per
Assignment 2: Team Business Case