This is an iterative process as ideas are added and removed to achieve the greatest benefits for the least costs i.e., the strongest programme Business Case possible.
As a result of the Blueprint, you can begin to identify all of the projects that need to be delivered as part of the programme. The Blueprint gives you a top down approach to achieve this, but remember that there are likely to be a number of projects already underway in the organisation that you want to draw into your programme, or ideas for projects that various business functions would like to see included – so you are unlikely to have a blank sheet of paper to work with.
Finally once you know the projects and the order of the programme tranches you can begin the programme plan.
To maintain confidence in the programme and to generate senior management support, the programme plan must include quick wins, short, medium and long term actions.
This timeframe must match the expectations and culture of the organisation. For example, in some commercial organisations medium term is only 18 months, long term is 2-3 years but in the public sector these timeframes might be much longer.
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