- Time/Effort - It takes a lot of time and effort to document it all out,
- Life Span - In today's world, things change at a fast pace and hence the docs may become obsolete very quickly, and
- Attention - Very few people have time to read the docs. The attitude generally is, "Why don't you tell it to me, rather than have me read all this."
- What's the problem?
- What's the budget?
- What are the timelines?
- What are the perceived benefits?
- When will we consider these benefits to be achieved?
- Who are the key people involved and what are their responsibilities and role in the proposed project?
Some of the benefits of a business case is that it:
- Helps to remind the team of what valuable and what's not and brings them back from any digressions.
- Helps to sustain the morale of the team members.
- It keeps the possibility of scope creep to a minimum.
A business case is a vision document that outlines the final goal, an inspiration to undertake the project, which is often expressed as a problem statement. It's one piece of document that, for the reasons stated above, every team member regardless of their experience, age, and tenure should have access to and handed out as the first document. Ask for it!