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OGC Successful Delivery Toolkit

  • Last modified date:
    15 February 2007

OGC's Successful Delivery Toolkit is a freely available electronic reference tool of best practice and guidance for use by OGC Gateway™ review teams, consultants, programme and project teams in departments, professional advisers, and those responsible for organisational standards.

It is not a detailed "how to do" guide that substitutes for training on project management.

The toolkit will also be useful to senior management who needs a quick overview of key principles of business change management and to suppliers who need to know what departments will expect of them.

Particular elements relevant to the Investment Guidance RouteMap are outlined below.

Business case template

This guidance describes the 5 case model business case, which is structured around: the strategic case, the economic case, the financial case, the commercial case and the project management case.  Two templates are provided to assist the development of a business case.  In 2 levels of detail these templates illustrate the topics to be considered within the OBC and FBC.

The five case model is routinely used in all NHS IM&T cases for which there is DH specific guidance.

Strategic business case

Deals with the further development of the business case such as refining and testing the assumptions and options used in the initial high-level business case.

Project management

Provides a brief description of the purpose, organisational structures and processes within the 3 key stages of managing a project.  More detailed information is available via hyperlink to reference guides, role and product descriptions, common causes of project failure and the project management workbook.

Project execution plan

The OGC guidance sets out the purpose and the content of this key project management document.


PRINCE 2 is recognised as a de facto standard for project management in the public sector. This book provides detailed guidance on how to set-up, organise, manage, control and deliver projects on time and to budget. The PRINCE 2 method is suitable for any type of project; the processes and techniques used in PRINCE 2 will help all project teams to cope with risks, challenges and opportunities in an environment of rapid change.

Risk management framework

The purpose of the framework is to assist in defining how the management of risk will be handled over the lifetime of an activity or project.  It provides information on roles, responsibilities, processes and procedures, standards, tools, facilities and documentation to be produced. It sets the context in which risks are managed, in terms of how they will be identified, analysed, controlled, monitored and reviewed.  There are links to further guidance on a risk management strategy, documentation of risks, the management of risks and contingency planning.

Managing benefits: an overview

Last updated 2005.

This OGC guidance provides an overview of the management of the benefits realisation process.  It includes a benefits management framework which relates to each of the OGC Gateway stages of a programme/projects lifecycle.  The key roles and responsibilities for benefits realisation are described.

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