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The Unexpected, Part 1: Response – Leveraging Business Architecture to Respond to the Unexpected

By Whynde Kuehn | 6 April 2020

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming. We are postponing our originally planned post to bring you this breaking series. We strive to keep StraightTalk relevant, timely, cutting edge and engaging. In light of the rapidly developing coronavirus pandemic, we believe a focus on leveraging business architecture to help organizations navigate the unexpected is highly valuable […]

The Secret: What Business Architecture Is Really About and Why It Can Be So Hard

By Whynde Kuehn | 16 March 2020

What is business architecture really about? And why can it be so hard for others to understand its value and see what business architects see? Some of you know The Secret. Some of you think you do not know The Secret, but you actually do. Some of you will learn it now. This installment of […]

Taking Initiative: How to Leverage Business Architecture for Initiative Planning

By Whynde Kuehn | 2 March 2020

Leveraging business architecture for prioritizing, scoping, shaping, sequencing, informing and rationalizing initiatives is one of the most common – and powerful – uses of business architecture. Smart initiative planning is critical to effective strategy execution, and leveraging business architecture for it inherently shifts mindsets in new ways that consider the bigger picture for the enterprise […]

Raison d‘être: The How and Why of Business Architecture Stakeholder Mapping

By Whynde Kuehn | 17 February 2020

In this installment of StraightTalk, we’re going to explore a sometimes overlooked but all-important domain for the business architecture baseline: stakeholders. Stakeholder mapping techniques came on the scene and matured a bit later than some of the others, so it’s a good time to revisit them and their valuable role in the business architecture.  First things, […]

A Pathway To The Future For All: How Business Architecture Can Help Us Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

By Whynde Kuehn | 3 February 2020

This post explores another angle to using business architecture for good. In previous StraightTalk posts, we’ve discussed how business architecture can be used directly – where business architects leverage business architecture and other techniques to help organizations and initiatives that are doing good to be more successful, such as non-profits, social enterprises and social initiatives. […]