Business Case in the Project Management Life Cycle

Q: I see that the first step in the project management life cycle is the creation of a Business Case. Can you please tell me under what circumstances you’d create a business case, as it may not always be required, or am I wrong?

A: Yes you’re right, in some instances a project team may not need to create a Business Case for a project. For example, in May government organizations, departments are allocated a budget at the start of the year and are free to spend that budget as they see fit, as long as it goes towards achieving their departmental objectives. So they may not need to create a Business Case. However our recommendation is always to create one, as it sets out the rationale for commissioning the project and it’s a good document to compare against as the project delivery takes place.

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