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11 Steps to Developing Winning IT Budget Justifications
A How-To Guide

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11 Steps to Developing Winning IT Budget Justifications - A How-To Guide (2nd Ed.)
Publisher: Resource Management Systems, Inc.
ISBN: 0-9707733-1-5
144 Pages; Metal Bound


When it comes to the indispensable skill of communicating budget needs to senior management, most IT/IS professionals are novices. No training, no experience, and their organization's budget instructions don't help much.

This usually leaves IT professionals wondering:

  • what they need to write,
  • how to write it,
  • or even how to get started.

11 Steps to Developing Winning IT Budget Justifications is a "how to" guide for planning and writing effective budget justifications, including the tools you need to comfortably defend your requirements. Non-financial professionals can easily follow this step-by-step process for writing justifications in the language of the budget decision-makers.

The Plain English explanations of what and how to write are supplemented with extensive:

  • Sample Worksheets & Checklists
  • Writing Examples Case Illustrations
  • FAQs, Templates, and an extensive Glossary of Terms

The Outcome

The outcome is a concise 2-page justification document that tells decision-makers what they need to know to approve your budget:

  • What does it cost?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What is the plan?
  • And much more.

In addition to answering the basic questions, the "11 Steps" Guide helps you show strategic alignment, shows you how to write business objectives in non-technical terms, and to communicate project risks in a clear and easy-to-understand style.

The Underlying Philosophy

At the heart of the 11-Steps Approach is the belief that IT decisions are investment decisions. And, making the best decisions requires more than just a project title, a list of required resources, and their costs -- it requires solid information about what is to be accomplished, why it is important, the risks, the alternatives, and consequences of not funding and completing the work.

The novice justification writer, and even the seasoned pro, shouldn't be spending valuable time learning arcane financial concepts. Their attention should be focused on telling decision makers what they need to know in plain English. And that is exactly what 11-Steps to Developing Winning IT Budget Justifications is all about.  See why this Guide is a "must have" for busy IT professionals.



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