- Purpose of a business case
- Defining stakeholders, team members, users
- Developing products, services, collections, technology, staffing, measurements such as usage statistics
- Reviewing system development life cycle and how it relates to products and services
- Working with people, organizational culture
- Developing a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- Ulla de Stricker, President of de Stricker Associates (URL: http://www.destricker.com/)
- WebEx session: 4:30-5:30 PM ET ***Remember to bring headsets to class.***
Exercises and Assignments
Hands-on Learning and Discussion in Class
- Meet your project mentors.
- Brainstorming session on projects and discussion on developing a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
Independent Learning Assignment(s)
- Assignment: Draft a WBS for your team project to discuss in our next class.
- Playing in Sandboxes assignment: Continue to develop your "sandbox," incorporating a handful of mashups.
Readings and Resources
- de Stricker, Ulla (March 2008). "When 'Trust Me, It's a Good Idea,' Won't Cut It," Searcher, 16(3), p. 30 (6). Available on ProQuest. Article offers a good structure for building a business case. (See restricted readings area.)
- Gordan, Ann (May and November 2009). A three-part series of easy-to-understand posts on the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS):
- National Library of Australia Library Lab's wiki (URL: https://wiki.nla.gov.au/display/LABS/). See specifically the IT Architecture Model (PDF). URL: http://www.nla.gov.au/dsp/documents/itag.pdf (accessed 1/16/2010). Another good framework for your business case that includes case studies, research, and communicated ideas both verbally and visually.