Better Business Cases TM Combined Foundation and Practitioner
(course code BBCC3)

Overview

The Better Business Cases (BBC) approach is structured around the UK Five Case Model, which provides a disciplined, step by step approach to the development of a robust investment proposal.

The BBC Combined course blends our Foundation course and Practitioner seminar. Each participant is first provided with a solid Foundation in BBC concepts, and is then advanced to a Practitioner understanding of how to apply BBC guidance in practice.

Our courses are based on the 2016 edition of Better Business Cases and the associated International Guide to the Project Business Case. Better Business Cases now also provides guidance on developing programme Business Cases, which we have enhanced using our deep knowledge of programme management and the MSP programme management method.

Course Objectives

The Foundation Course will enable delegates to understand:

  • The philosophy and underlying rationale of the Five Case Model, as well as the structure and key terminology of the model;
  • The different types of business case, their purpose, who is responsible for them and when they are required in the development of a spending proposal;
  • The development of the business case in relation to other recognized and recommended best practice for programme and project management;
  • Approaches to implementation and the factors to consider in sustaining progress.

The Practitioner Seminar will ensure that the candidate achieves sufficient understanding of the theory and application of the Five Case Model to allow them to effectively develop and produce a business case.

Candidates should be able to apply and understand how to tailor the Five Case Model effectively to the development of a business case within an organization environment supporting the approach. Specifically candidates should:

  • Understand the development lifecycle of a business case and the relationships between the five cases;
  • Be able to apply the steps in the business case development framework, in order to support the production of a business case, using the Five Case Model, for a given scenario.

Delegates will be fully prepared for the Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at anyone involved with, or overseeing, a project to understand the work that is necessary to prove a case for investment. In particular, key personnel involved in the preparation of service and capital related schemes. This includes:

  • Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Programme Directors and Project Managers, with responsibility for the successful delivery of programmes and projects;
  • Directors of Finance, Procurement and Planning, with responsibility for the forward planning of operational aspects of a proposal;
  • Members of the Management Board (Chairman, non-executives, the CEO and other directors), with strategic responsibility for approving proposals throughout their life span.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for the course, however some exposure to business cases would be useful. Candidates for the Practitioner exam must have previously passed the Foundation exam.

Course Content

The Foundation Course covers:

  • The terms and concepts relating to the Five Case Model;
  • How the Strategic Case is developed; the steps and the responsibilities involved;
  • How the Economic Case is developed; the steps and the responsibilities involved;
  • The terms and concepts of the Commercial Case;
  • The terms and concepts of the Financial Case;
  • The terms and concepts of the Management Case;
  • Purpose of the key stages in the development and delivery of a spending proposal;
  • Purpose of a Strategic Outline Programme Case and in what circumstances it should be considered;
  • Purpose of a Business Justification Case and in what circumstances it should be considered;
  • Purpose of a Strategic Outline Case;
  • Purpose of an Outline Business Case;
  • Purpose of a Full Business Case;
  • Responsibilities for the business planning process;
  • Relationship with best practice programme and project management methodologies;
  • Relationship between policies, strategies, programmes and projects and their deliverables.

The Practitioner Seminar helps you to integrate the concepts presented in the Foundation course. Delegates will work through a range of exercises and case studies in order to broaden and deepen their understanding of Better Business Cases guidance, and to prepare for the Practitioner exam.

Certification Exams

The Foundation Exam is a 40 minute closed book multiple choice exam. You must get at least 25 of the 50 questions correct to pass.

The Practitioner Exam is a 2½ hour objective testing exam. You will be able to access the 'Delivering Public Value From Spending Proposals' guide during the exam, but will have access to no other material. There will be 4 questions and 80 question items, each worth 1 mark for a total of 80 marks. You must get at least 40 of the 80 question items correct to pass. The questions will be presented in the following styles:

  • Classical multiple choice
  • Yes/No
  • Multiple response
  • Matching
  • Sequencing
  • Assertion/Reason

Candidates for the Practitioner Exam must have passed the Foundation Exam.

We conduct these exams on behalf of APMG. APMG's terms and conditions are outlined here.
Please note: Exam candidates must bring signed photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.) as they will be asked to produce it by the invigilator prior to the exam.

Course Fees

We offer a range of delivery styles and packages for this course. Please go to the Packages and Inclusions page to review the inclusions provided with each package.

Professional Development

Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are entitled to style themselves "Registered Better Businesss Cases Practitioner" on CVs and business cards.

Registered Better Businesss Cases Practitioners are required to be re-registered within 3-5 years of their original certification. We will offer a Better Businesss Cases Practitioner Reregistration seminar in due course.

Successful completion of this course may entitle you to credits in various professional development programmes:

Follow-on Courses

We recommend that delegates who complete this course should proceed with one of our PRINCE2 or MSP courses.


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