Benefits Realization

logobenefits Purpose
Formulate, develop and implement business change programs, focusing on the realization of business value and the organizational change needed to achieve that value.

The Benefits domain includes two interrelated processes: Progam Management (described below) and Portfolio Management
Deliverables
Processes
Primary Users
Secondary Users
Program Value Case
Value Program Definition
Change Strategy and Plan
Program Performance
Program Management
Benefits Realization
Change Realization
Results Chain Modeling
Program Architecture Specialist
Program Manager
Business Change Manager
Change Specialist
Business Analyst
Program Management Office
Typical Applications
- Introduction of new technology in the business
- IT-enabled business improvement initiatives
- Investment in new business opportunities

The Program Management process assists the organization in planning and realizing the benefits expected from its investments in business solutions and change initiatives. It addresses the key disciplines of benefits identification, and the dynamics of benefits realization, tracking, and recovery.

The organization can leverage powerful business analysis tools such as the Results Chain™ not only to address everything directly related to the dynamics of benefits realization, but also to the proactive management of the organizational change inherent to business transformation initiatives.

Results Chain and Benefits Register: Coherent view from a business outcome perspective


For more background on the Benefits Realization approach, download and read The Information Paradox: Realizing the Business Benefits of Information Technology
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The proposed processes, techniques and tools help you to:

  • Build a true “value case” for your change program
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive benefits management program
  • Govern the various projects stemming from the program
  • Build and manage the required organizational change initiatives

Change Realization (the people side of change) demands:

  • A holistic and proactive approach to implementing new individual and organizational expectations about the future;
  • Helping people understand the need for change, motivating them to take action, and maintaining their commitment to shifting long-held behaviors and mind;
  • Building individual and organizational resilience;
  • Leaving the organization stronger to accommodate future, more frequent and larger changes.

Benefits Realization:

  • Targets the delivery of the business benefits sought from a change investment, rather than just tangible deliverables;
  • Integrates processes related to benefits management with those of program management, allowing the organization to move beyond traditional investment management logic, which tends to focus on costs and immediate results;
  • Ensures that the entire organization, from top executives to project teams, gains a better, shared understanding of the expected benefits of an investment and how to get there;
  • Benefits management must continue through the entire life cycle of a change program.