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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


There are at least four ways to use the "11 Steps" Guide:

  1. as a step-by-step procedure for writing a complete justification,
  2. for instructions on how to write key elements of a budget justification, e.g., writing meaningful business objectives,
  3. as a reference for reviewing and evaluating justifications, and
  4. to help prepare answers for the inevitable questions that will arise during major budget meetings.

Each of the 11 Steps concentrates on one aspect of a justification, e.g., how to write needs and objectives statements. Here is how you might use it to help write an objective statement:

  • at the beginning of Step 4 you are told what you are going to do and why; as well as how much of your time to consider allocating,
  • you then read succinct explanations of need and objective statements - you can read about how to write a need statement or skip forward to objective statements,
  • you read a definition of a business objectives,
  • next you learn how to get the information you need,
  • then you learn a generic structure for an objective statement,
  • the examples show you what they look like and how they may be written,
  • this is followed by a discussion of what to do if you don't know the business objective,
  • the characteristics of an effective objective are outlined, and
  • then you write the objective in the Budget Justification Template (provided).

As you write your objective, you are likely to have questions. You would turn to the end of the chapter to find answers to the most frequently asked questions about objectives.



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