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Benefits Planning and Realisation Course

Learn how to identify, manage and realise business benefits effectively with the Benefits Planning and Realisation course. The course is a Business Skills module within the BCS (ISEB) Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis.

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    Course Details:

    Duration: 3 days

    Price: Virtual £1295*+VAT
    *includes BCS exam

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Who is this course for?

Business analysts, project managers, business change practitioners and anyone who is involved in managing and measuring business benefits. Benefits Planning and Realisation is also a Business module on the BCS (ISEB) Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

About the course

The Benefits Planning and Realisation course covers all the key approaches and techniques you need to identify, manage and realise business benefits effectively. This includes categorising and quantifying benefits, planning for benefits delivery and managing the business case through the change process. We’ll also look at the benefits dependency network and how to develop a financial case for business change.

Presented to you by one of the expert training consultants pictured below. Each member of the training team brings substantial experience of managing business benefits to the programme.

How is the course structured?

To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to those three days.

  • Benefits planning and realisation concepts
  • Benefits management lifecycle
  • Drivers for business change
  • Planning for benefits realisation
  • Benefits dependency network
  • Identifying and categorising benefits
  • Building the financial case
  • Implementing a benefits management approach
  • Managing stakeholders in the change process
  • Reviewing and embedding the benefits
Course manual

For virtual courses a printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Is there an exam?

Yes. During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Benefits Planning and Realisation Professional certificate examination. A pass means you’re another step closer to achieving the BCS International Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis. One last thing; this course also enables you to develop SFIA skills BENM, level 5.

For delegates attending a classroom, virtual classroom or online course, the exam may be taken remotely using the BCS online proctoring service. This exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a pass mark of 26/40.

What’s next?

If this course is part of your BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis programme you have a choice of further modules you can take including Business Architecture, Agile Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Advanced Requirements Engineering, Business Finance, Stakeholder Engagement and Team Leadership. The structure of the certification is shown here.

Full course outline

Benefits Planning and Realisation (a three-day course)

Course Content

The context for benefits management (10%)

  • Issues with the relationship of IS/IT delivery to benefits
  • Characteristics of a benefits management approach
  • Value and the value proposition
  • Value chains and value networks
    • External value chain analysis
    • Internal value chain analysis
    • Alternative value chain configurations

The benefits management lifecycle (25%)

  • The rationale for benefits management
  • An overview of the benefits management process
    • Identifying and structuring benefits
    • Planning benefits realisation
    • Executing the benefits plan
    • Reviewing and evaluating the results
    • Establishing the potential for further benefits

Identifying drivers, benefits and establishing a benefits

dependency network (25%)

  • Why: Identifying business and organisational drivers
  • Establishing investment objectives
  • Linking business benefits to drivers
  • What: the business benefits
    • Benefit owners
    • Change owners
  • How: the benefits dependency network
    • Business changes
    • Enabling changes
    • IS/IT enablers

Building the business case (15%)

  • The rationale of the business case
  • A structure for analysing and describing benefits
    • Observable benefits
    • Measurable benefits
    • Quantifiable benefits
    • Financial benefits
  • Quantifying the benefits & overcoming the measurable to quantifiable barrier
  • Financial benefits
    • Cost reductions
    • Revenue increases
  • Investment appraisal
    • Payback
    • Discounted cash flow/Net present value
    • Internal rate of return
  • Risk assessment
  • Completing the business case

Stakeholder and change management (10%)

  • Assessing the feasibility of achieving the benefits
  • Stakeholder analysis and management techniques
    • Power and influence
    • Benefits and change
  • Completing the benefits plan
  • Change management strategies

Implementing a benefits management approach (10%)

  • Rationale for introducing benefits management
  • Initiating and managing a benefits-driven project
  • Roles within benefits management
    • The project sponsor
    • The business project manager
    • The project management office
  • The benefits plan and the project plan
  • Benefits management workshops
  • Reviewing and evaluating results/benefits review meeting
  • Establishing potential for further benefits
  • Monitoring the benefits after implementation
    • embedding the benefits
    • disaggregating benefits
  • A maturity model for organisational benefits

The future of benefits management (5%)

  • Benefits management and strategy
  • Future trends in IS/IT and the implications for benefits management

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Customer Reviews

“An informative and interactive course. I really enjoyed it.”Natalie Obank

Presenters for this course

Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Buck
Jonathan Buck
Fraser Morris