Use these Concept Proposal templates to create the first documents in the Software Development Life Cycle.
The Concept Proposal identifies the need or opportunity to improve a business function by highlighting where strategic goals are not being met or performance can be improved. The Concept Proposal should demonstrate that this is a worthwhile investment and identify potential impacts on systems, staff, and operations. This document forms part of the Initiation Phase.
Use this template to:
- Persuade stakeholders to invest in the proposed solution
- Highlight where strategic goals can be realized
- Justify why this proposal should be endorsed
- Explain the rationale behind the nominated products/services
- Show how the proposal aligns with the Strategic Plan
Here’s are seven steps to help you build your Concept Proposal.
- Context – Discuss the business drivers that triggered this document.
- Investment – Identify the type, timing and source of investment required for this proposal.
- Impact – Describe the potential impact the proposed solution may have on a technical, operations, and human resource level.
- Needs – Highlight the appetite that exists for the proposed solution. Identify who requested the solution and what they have to gain from its implementation.
- Performance – Identify specific areas where performance does not meet expectations.
- Resources – Identify the sum total number of resources needed for the project, broken out by phase.
- Strategy – Describe strategic and operational benefits. Show how benefits are linked to key objectives.