Monthly Archives: June 2011

Processes are NOT part of a business architecture

Well, there you go. I promised you some controversial views on this blog and here’s one of them. I believe that processes are NOT part of a business architecture model and here’s why. I strongly believe that business architecture models … Continue reading

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Business Architecture Briefings – Getting off on the right foot

So an idea has been floated, somebody has approved some more work on it, you’ve made sure that you were involved in shaping the idea, some cost benefit analysis has been done, we’ve had a look at the road map … Continue reading

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Capabilities and your roadmap

So, you’ve got your list of projects, you’ve prioritised them for strategic value-add, you’ve scoped the program and projects to fit the change budget, you’ve arranged the schedule so that you can resource them all, you’ve re-arranged the schedule to … Continue reading

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Diversity or divergence?

A key question for business architecture in my view. Definitions: Diversity – a point of difference Divergence – separation, division, variation, deviation Architecture needs to support the diversity required by a business while controlling the divergence inherent in the people nature of a business. The way you authenticate … Continue reading

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Business capability meta-model

I know, I can hear the question now… “How can he be posting about meta-models when the whole reason for the blog is about delivering real-world, gritty value from EBA? How abstract can you get?” Well, I could say “There are … Continue reading

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Pro tip: Learn to speak CXO

One of my quirks is that I like to collect aphorisms about change and architecture. One of my favourites is “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. You can be the most brilliant architect … Continue reading

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Contribution to strategy

A couple of questions we will be faced with as business architects are the following: Should we authorise this new idea and start up a new project on the road-map? One or more projects are in conflict; which one should … Continue reading

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Strategy Mapping

For the purposes of this post I’m assuming you are lucky enough to work for a business unit that has a defined and published strategy. That’s a good start, but sometimes you need to kick the tyres a bit and … Continue reading

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The Project Manager is your team-mate not your enemy

One of my favourite Americanisms is “where the rubber meets the road” and this is just as true for architecture as it is for anything else. Real architecture happens “where the rubber meets the road”. This is assuming, of course, … Continue reading

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The three elements of an EBA practice

I’d have really liked these three elements to come out as some sort of alliteration. You know like Porter’s “Five Forces” or the 4 (5/6/7/) P’s of the marketing mix. But hey, the motto of this blog is function over … Continue reading

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