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Speedy Business Architecture, Part 2 — Accelerating Business Architecture Development With Tools

By Whynde Kuehn | 5 March 2018

Subscribe > Though the Winter Olympics may be over (sad face), we are still thinking about speed and business architecture. In our last installment, we looked at accelerating the development of a business architecture knowledgebase using reference models. StraightTalk Post No. 23 here will talk about how we can leverage tools for further acceleration. How […]

Speedy Business Architecture, Part 1 — Accelerating Business Architecture Development With Reference Models

By Whynde Kuehn | 19 February 2018

Subscribe > With all of this Olympic spirit in the air, let’s talk about speed. We know that the business architecture knowledgebase is fundamental to the enterprise insights, analysis and ways of designing that are unique only to architecture. But how do we build our knowledgebase fast—especially if we’re just starting our business architecture practice? […]

BFF: Business Architecture + IT Architecture, Part 2

(a.k.a. How Business Architecture Drives IT Architecture Alignment and Transformation)

By Whynde Kuehn | 6 November 2017

This post is the second one in our two-part series exploring how business architecture and IT architecture really are BFF (Best Friends Forever). (P.S. Check out Part 1, if you missed it.) And, we have a guest star. William Ulrich is President of TSG, Inc., Partner at Business Architecture Associates, and a Co-Founder of the […]

BFF: Business Architecture + IT Architecture, Part 1

(a.k.a. How Business Architecture Fits Within the Context of Enterprise Architecture)

By Whynde Kuehn | 16 October 2017

We’ve been very business-focused in our StraightTalk so far—and intentionally so. But a business architect always has a foot in two different worlds: one as part of the business and the other as part of the enterprise architecture team. P.S. Remember our formula for one happy family from StraightTalk Post No. 1: Enterprise Architecture = […]

A Map of the World, Part 2

(a.k.a. Back to School: Mapping the Extended Business Architecture)

By Whynde Kuehn | 2 October 2017

Back to business architecture school one more time. In Post No. 12, we talked about how to map out (a.k.a write down) the “core” business architecture that included capabilities, value streams, organization and information. Here in No. 13, we’re going to talk about mapping the “extended” business architecture domains. Here’s that famous diagram again, this time […]

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