your vision of the future a reality. The plan of work allows you to begin to identify the management model that will be used and the resource implications of that model. The use of a collaborative
BUSINESS CASE AND PROJECT PLAN: COMPARE AND CONTRAST 6 management model, for example, will involve activities and milestones related to creating networks of participants and conducting project activities in a collaborative way. The statement about your plan of work should also include a section on efforts to coordinate resources with other information initiatives in the area. The plan of work becomes a data source for the identification and estimation of cost categories and time estimates for the project. Timelines are an effective way to show how long it will take to complete each step of the project Project management and staffing: Your statements about the management of the project may focus on the key methods of coordination and decision making. This approach could include the formation of a coordinating body that represents the many interests involved; it also helps shape the project, and guides it through the complex world of power, politics, and bureaucracy. A project manager must take responsibility for the project, manage the activities, and direct the staff. The project manager must be capable of implementing the project effectively, and be acceptable to all parties involved in the effort. The qualifications and responsibilities of the project manager must be carefully described in the business case Cost estimates and funding sources: Anyone evaluating your project proposal will have questions about it, but two questions you will hear often are: "How much will this cost?" and "Where will the money come from?" An evaluation of costs and benefits is essential information to provide in your business case. The cost estimates should cover all elements of the project: human resources, technology, consulting, training, physical plant changes, and so on. The analysis must also assess the impact of ongoing costs, such as training and maintenance, and related activities. Securing funding for your project is likely to be a complex and creative process. While there are often several state and federal sources of funds, you may not find one single source of funding for your project. A multiple source funding model may be the only way to accomplish your goals. Making your case to several "funders" and assembling a mix of resources is sometimes your best road to success and may also help ensure the long-term viability of the project.
BUSINESS CASE AND PROJECT PLAN: COMPARE AND CONTRAST 7 Alternatives considered: Even though your analysis points to a particular approach, it may have competitors. Detail any acceptable alternative approaches that will achieve your future vision. It is also helpful to describe your decisions about some potential approaches that were considered and discarded.
- Fall '14
- Project Management, project manager