Gateway Review 3 Workbook: Investment Decision, Version 2.0



About this Workbook

This Workbook supports OGC Gateway Review 3: Investment decision. This Review investigates the Full Business Case and the governance arrangements for the investment decision to confirm that the project is still required, affordable and achievable. The Review also checks that implementation plans are robust.

Investment decision

OGC Gateway™ Review 2 reviewed the delivery strategy for achievement of the project’s objectives. For a procurement project, the OGC Gateway Review 2 reviewed the procurement strategy before the organisation invited proposals or tenders against the fully developed requirements specification (for organisations with existing commercial arrangements, it reviewed similar information and decisions about achievability, affordability and value for money). During the current stage, to be reviewed at Gate 3, potential suppliers, partners and/or other delivery organisations – possibly including internal units of the client organisation – submitted their proposals or tenders. An evaluation panel analysed them on a ‘like-for-like’ basis and recommended the proposal (delivery solution) that met all the needs of clients and end-users and which offered the best value for money. This OGC Gateway Review 3 should normally come before placing a work order with a supplier or other delivery partner, or at preferred bidder stage and before award of contract.

The OGC Gateway Review 3 confirms that the recommended investment decision is appropriate before the contract is placed with a supplier or partner (or a work order placed with an existing supplier or other delivery partner). It provides assurances on the processes used to select a supplier (not the supplier selection decision itself). The Review also assesses whether the process has been well managed; whether the business needs are being met; that both the client and the supplier can implement and manage the proposed solution; and that the necessary processes are in place to achieve a successful outcome after contract award (or equivalent). The Project Team and Review Team must be satisfied that due consideration has been given to all the factors, including choices about proposed commercial arrangements with any existing suppliers that offer value for money.

A project will normally go through one OGC Gateway Review 3. However, in some circumstances it may be necessary for a project to repeat the OGC Gateway Review 3. For example, for construction projects there may be a requirement for more than one OGC Gateway Review 3, when the investment decision for the project is made. If there is a second investment decision (such as for two-stage Design and Build) there may be a need for a first OGC Gateway Review 3 for the contract award and a subsequent OGC Gateway Review 3 to confirm the investment decision based on the construction price. Similarly, for some IT-enabled and service enhancement projects there may be a need for a first OGC Gateway Review 3 before a pilot implementation or initial design contract is undertaken, and a subsequent OGC Gateway Review 3 to confirm the investment decision before full implementation.