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Better Business Case Clinics

For a project to successfully deliver its benefits, it needs to be positioned well from the start. Government uses a framework called the Better Business Case approach to ensure investment proposals are robust and well-planned, and that decision makers have the information they need to invest with confidence.

To support the development of high-quality business cases, the Treasury has introduced Better Business Case Clinics for investment-intensive agencies. These sessions bring together an agency developing a business case with representatives from across the Corporate Centre with expertise in areas such as ICT, procurement, and project management. The aim is to provide clear, actionable feedback.

Better Business Case Clinics are available to investment-intensive agencies (subject to availability). To find out more about clinics and how to request one, visit the Treasury website: www.treasury.govt.nz/statesector/investmentmanagement/plan/bbc/clinics

In the 2015/16 year, 34 clinics were held for 20 investment projects.

Over the past year, three major Defence projects have been through the Business Case Clinic process.

“With planned capability investments valued at close to $20 billion over the next 15 years, the Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force are core users of the Better Business Cases model.

The Clinics have provided an opportunity to bring experts from across government into one room to provide frank advice and test and refine thinking around capability investments. Defence is committed to becoming an international exemplar in capability management, and this is a welcome innovation to continue to enhance.

Vice Chief of Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin with the Maritime Sustainment Capability project team, following signature of a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver a new replenishment tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Vice Chief of Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin with the Maritime Sustainment Capability project team, following signature of a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver a new replenishment tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy. The Maritime Sustainment Capability Project Implementation Business Case was one of the first Defence projects to utilise the Business Case Clinic process.

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