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BBC guidance

There are a range of types of business cases depending on the decision being sought, the nature of programme or project and the associated scale, risk and uncertainty.

Prior to commencing a business case it is recommended that the approach be agreed at an early stage between the sponsor/s and the reviewer/s, in particular:

  •  the business case pathway
  •  the assurance pathway
  •  the decision pathway.

We suggest the senior responsible owner (ie, sponsor), use the Point of entry document (below) to agree the approach, including the methods (and tools) and effort with the reviewer. In the State Sector, investment intensive agencies can engage with the Corporate Centre to secure this agreement through business case clinics.

We provide a range of business case products to support senior responsible owners (ie, sponsors), business case developers and reviewers.


Business case type

Guidance booklet

Template

A3 one pager

Reviewer Assessment Tool

to understand the standard

to write the business case

to present the business case

 

Programme Business Cases

       

Strategic assessment

pdf
429.07 KB

doc
107.5 KB

N/A

Programme business case

pdf
496.4 KB

doc
242 KB

Project business cases

       

Strategic assessment

pdf
429.07 KB

doc
107.5 KB

N/A

Indicative business case

pdf
559.07 KB

doc
281 KB

ppt
398.5 KB

Detailed business case

pdf
716.53 KB

doc
252.5 KB

Implementation business case

pdf
451.07 KB

doc
214 KB

N/A

Single-stage business case

pdf
684.02 KB

doc
364.5 KB

Single-stage (light) business case

pdf
684.02 KB

doc
146 KB

N/A

 

For more guidance on managing benefits from programmes and projects, including benefits templates, please see:

The main changes to the guidance are to:

  • clarify what's expected to ensure the business case is fit for purpose
  • bring a principles-based approach to the use of methods and tools for gathering the evidence needed to develop the business case
  • give greater clarity of the relationship between strategy and policy
  • provide greater clarity on how each type of business case supports what types of decisions being sought in the Governments annual budget process
  • incorporate recent changes to the Government Procurement Branch's guidance, including the need for early market engagement
  • replace multiple scoping documents into one point of entry document to agree the business case approach.

The New Zealand version of the Better Business Case guidance is based on international guidance. There are a few differences between the NZ and international version that you can read about below.

This also shows how the NZ version of the Better Business Case guidance compares to the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Business Case Approach.

In early 2017 the NZTA will begin reviewing how they apply the Business Case Approach.  This review will look at the number and timing of decision gateways and look to bring the Business Case Approach into closer alignment with the Better Business Case model.

 

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 8 March 2017