Concept Proposal Template

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.

  1. Context – Discuss the business drivers that triggered this document.
  2. Investment – Identify the type, timing and source of investment required for this proposal.
  3. Impact – Describe the potential impact the proposed solution may have on a technical, operations, and human resource level.
  4. Needs – Highlight the appetite that exists for the proposed solution. Identify who requested the solution and what they have to gain from its implementation.
  5. Performance – Identify specific areas where performance does not meet expectations.
  6. Resources – Identify the sum total number of resources needed for the project, broken out by phase.
  7. Strategy – Describe strategic and operational benefits. Show how benefits are linked to key objectives.

Concept Proposal Template (MS Word): Blue Theme

Concept Proposal template without image on cover page     Concept Proposal template table of contents

Resource requirements chapter and Resource Loading matrix

In this chapter, we describe the Impacts and Outcomes

Concept Proposal Template (MS Word): Red Theme

The red theme version of the Concept of Operations template

Concept Proposal

Chapter 1, Introduction

Concept Template

Chapter 2, Strategic Alignment

Concept Proposal Template

Chapter 3, Investment and Costs

Concept Proposal Template

Chapter 4, Resource Requirements

Concept Proposal Template

Chapter 5, Impact and Outcomes

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Concept Proposal Excel Spreadsheets

Performance Indicators excel spreadsheet

Responsibility Matrix Excel spreadsheet

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Objectives
1.2 Justification
1.3 Benefits

2 Strategic Alignment
2.2 Current Setup
2.3 Performance Measures

3 Investment and Costs
3.1 Description of Investment
3.2 Investment Support
3.3 Cost Estimates

4 Resource Requirements
4.1 Resource Identification
4.2 Resource Loading Chart

5 Impact & Outcomes
5.1 Impacts
5.2 Outcomes

What’s included in the template pack

The templates are in Microsoft Word and Excel and can be downloaded online for only $4.99.

The template pack includes the following documents:

2 x Concept Proposal templates 10 pages each Download Word template
Performance Indicators  1 x worksheet Download Excel template
Responsibility Matrix  1 x worksheet Download Excel template

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