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BA Community - Making The (Business) Case

Strategic Business Management skills


You have been asked to create a business case to prioritize projects in your organization, perhaps propose cutting a few; to obtain additional resources for an ongoing initiative; invest in building a new capability; or decide whether to outsource a function.

Anytime your organization wants to dedicate resources beyond what`s already budgeted, a business case needs to be made. However,

• How do you enable the leadership team to make an informed investment decision?

• How do you address the question “What happens if we take this course of action?”

• How do you demonstrate whether the benefits outweigh the costs, or whether the results align with the organization’s strategy?


• Introduction to Business Cases

• Basics of Making a Case

• Understanding Stakeholders

• Define the Business Need

• Identify the Alternatives

• Cost-Benefit Analysis, Risk Assessment

• Present the Case

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

• Spell-out the business need for the project

• Align the case with strategic goals

• Calculate the Return on Investment

• Analyze risks

• Gain support from colleagues

• Present the case to decision-makers

• Secure the resources the project needs

Every participant will leave the session with greater comfort and confidence to win support for projects, less intimidated by analysis and number-crunching, and clearly show that success is making a wise decision.


David Vrbanek is a senior business analyst, practicing since 2005. David earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University. His business analysis work includes software development, business process improvement and organizational development projects in the finance, health sciences, product lifecycle management, automotive and IT service management industries, which, at times, has involved leading projects in a blended PM/BA role. David has shared his learnings in recent years, serving as a business analysis instructor at the University of Toronto.

He is currently leading the Program Office of a multi-year, IT transformation program for a shared services organization. David lives in the Greater Toronto Area, and can be reached via LinkedIn or at dvrbanek@vcsconsulting.ca.


9:15am - Coffee & Registration

9:30am - Workshop

12:30pm - Lunch (card will be provided for Tim Hortons)

1:30pm - Workshop

4:30pm - Workshop Ends

Fees (subject to hst):

PMI Toronto Members  - $150.00

Non-Members and Guests - $180.00

PDUs: 7.0 (4.0 Strategic and Business Management, 2.0 Leadership &1.0 Technical)


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Type of activity: PMI Toronto Business Analysis Community

Date: 10 November 2018

Hour: 9:00 to 17:00

# of PDUs: 7.0


Members: $150.00

Non members and Guests: $180.00