4 years, 3 months ago

How to Build a Sustainable Business Architecture Practice

Starting a business architecture practice is definitely hard work, but building a sustainable practice is even harder. The data I am seeing is that 60% of business architecture initiatives are failing. The biggest challenge in moving from startup to sustainable practice is that the enablers for starting and propelling a startup forward are not the […]

4 years, 6 months ago

Assessing Business Architecture’s Value Contribution

I have been working on a business architecture practice dashboard to help BA leaders manage and grow their practice. The dashboard contains three basic metric types: impact, value, and activity. Each type provides valuable insight into business architecture’s performance and organizational impact. In this post, I focus on value contribution metrics. Value contribution metrics report […]

4 years, 8 months ago

A Systems View of Business Architecture

A couple of weeks ago, Accelare collaborated with Penn State and Gartner Research to produce a 3 ½ day executive education workshop entitled “Enterprise Transformation and Integration: Beyond IT/Business Alignment”. I taught one of the sections but I also learned a lot from the other faculty members. Last week I posted a piece entitled Four […]

4 years, 9 months ago

The Business Architect as Change Agent

Today’s business architects play a variety of roles. Some are already delivering on the vision of business architecture. Others are on their way, rapidly working their way up the value contribution ladder. Still others have a smaller vision for business architecture and are happy working at a lower level of value contribution. One of the […]

5 years, 2 months ago

Context is Everything!

“Context eats strategy for lunch.” This quote is typically attributed to Peter Drucker, one of the most revered management consultants and business authors of all time, whose writings made significant contributions to the foundations of today’s business corporation. Most of us know this to be true . . . yet, we often ignore it in […]

5 years, 11 months ago

Should Shouldn’t Matter

An overly large focus on the way things “should be” is one of the biggest inhibitors to innovation and productive action. A focus on what should be rather than what can be inhibits new ideas and siphons off a tremendous amount of energy. Though this is a problem throughout most organizations, it seems to be […]

5 years, 11 months ago

The Business Architect’s Service Portfolio Part Five: Designing the Portfolio

For some time now I have been promoting the idea that the practice of business architecture is not about creating blueprints and models but applying a set of tools and techniques to form broader perspectives, create deeper insight, and solve business problems. If business architecture is a practice then what is its portfolio of services? […]

5 years, 11 months ago

The Business Architect’s Service Portfolio Part Four: Project Support Services

For some time now I have been promoting the idea that the practice of business architecture is not about creating blueprints and models but applying a set of tools and techniques to form broader perspectives, create deeper insight, and solve business problems. If business architecture is a practice then what is its portfolio of services? […]

6 years, 2 days ago

The Business Architect’s Service Portfolio Part Three: Organizational Change Services

For some time now I have been promoting the idea that the practice of business architecture is not about creating blueprints and models but applying a set of tools and techniques to form broader perspectives, create deeper insight, and solve business problems. If business architecture is a practice then what is its portfolio of services? […]