Craft an organized, well documented recommendation to proceed with a given business solution or alternative. It includes all of the key components needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to endorse or approve the recommendation.
What this is
This template is designed to help you craft a recommendation to proceed with a given business solution or alternative. It includes all of the key components needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to endorse or approve the recommendation.
A recommendation template might be used at any point during a project lifecycle for things like choosing between solution options, deciding whether to proceed with or discontinue a project or solution, etc. Just about anyone can create a recommendation, including business stakeholders within the project, the project sponsor, the project manager, or the business analyst.
Why it's useful
Once an individual or team realizes they can make a recommendation about how to proceed, but that they don't have the decision-making authority to actually implement it, this type of document can help them capture the essential information in a way that makes it as easy as possible for the decision-maker(s) to understand and respond. For team members, this means making better use of people's time by ensuring the recommendation includes answers to commonly asked questions (such as what other alternatives were considered, what could go wrong, what do we do next, etc.). For decision makers, it means consistency, more efficient decision-making, and greater confidence that all the necessary information is available.
How to use it
Sinikka L. Waugh, PMP, is the founder and head coach of the project management coaching firm Your Clear Next Step, L.L.C. Sinikka is an actively practicing project management consultant, known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to leverage effective project strategies across multiple disciplines and technologies. With over 10 years in project roles (primarily program manager, project manager, and business analyst) Sinikka has successfully applied project and leadership expertise to improve project performance in a wide variety of industries, including publishing, education, product fulfillment and distribution, insurance, event and travel management, human resources, and financial services. As a coach, Sinikka's down-to-earth, "try this now" approach blends with her passion for helping others improve. Her energetic and engaging style helps make both the art and science of project management accessible to those she works with.
Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.
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