A business case answers key questions. Organizations must develop a business case to address those questions when planning the transition to the product line approach to fielding software systems.
The business case development service supports key organizational considerations in making a go/no-go decision for pursuing a new product line opportunity or approach. As an important communications vehicle, the business case identifies goals and measures for tracking the move to the product line approach.
During a recent engagement, the SEI and a customer team developed and presented a business case to senior management of a major DoD agency. The business case showed significant savings and led to development of an organizational adoption plan for product lines.
By documenting the expected costs, benefits, and risks of pursuing the new product line opportunity or approach, the Business Case supports determination of a course of action for management decision. It also present the first set of activities that must be initiated for the product line to succeed.
Higher-level management, change managers, software product or project managers, software product line managers
Business case development examines five areas of organizational planning to make the business case for product lines:
Through business case development, we help organizations make an economic case built on the current costs of doing business vs. a product line approach. As part of the business case analysis, the organization determines how many products are likely to be built in the product line over a certain time, who the customers will be, and whether a product line approach compares favorably with other approaches.
The development team works with the organization to make a Product Line Launch go/no go decision. The business case reflects the facts and assumptions of the Product Line opportunity in the context of the domain analysis, product line scope and market analysis. The development teams develop answers to the following questions:
SEI staff will work with a customer management team to perform business case development. Contact us using the link in the For more information box at the bottom of this page.