A Business Case usually captures and motivates the reason why a given solution journey is embarked upon. Typically this is a well structured document that tells the story and outlines what benefit is expected at the end.
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This Post is not about the document but more about a way for the Solution Architect to quickly build a simple financial case in support. There is a fallacy that a business case is a thick tedious manuscript, written by professional consultants in an incomprehensible language. Hope it helps!!!
Good Solution Architects are not always renowned for keeping people up-to-date with status reports whilst solution is unfolding… right? …. mostly because the excitement at hand is creating the solution.
Being in that position many times I have created the following Solution Status Template for myself…. Download and see if it works for you.
In the absence of a full Enterprise Architecture capability map or a detail review, how do you know the state of your architecture content? Herewith my simple suggestion:
Use the following table to form an opinion on what you have.
Click to see a Map of all the capabilities required by the practising Solutions Architect and associated Practice. Included is maturity levels for each capability.
To download; click on the graphic and follow the usual process of Save-As to a file destination of your choice. For larger Prints, please contact me. Ideal to help guide the aspiring or practising Solutions Architect to all the capabilities that ideally should be in place.
Use this MindManager based template to drive a typical Solution Architecture project. Click to download a ZIP file containing the template. Those spoilt with the intuitive nature when using Mindmanager in getting everybody on the same page will find this a novel way in rapidly outlining the essence of a solution.