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StraightTalk is a professional business blog on a mission to explain business architecture, end-to-end, with the goal of helping to advance the discipline globally through shared knowledge. It's like your personal guide through the world of business architecture — delivered twice monthly.

The Enterprise Advocate: How Business Architecture Brings Clarity to Customers and Products

By Whynde Kuehn | 4 November 2019

Business architects are advocates. For who? For the enterprise. In the daily busyness of strategizing, transforming, implementing new technologies, adapting to new methods, continuously improving, making sure to stay compliant — and of course delivering for customers — it is easy to get very focused on our initiatives, our products, our business units, our pressures, […]

Putting the Pieces Together: Business Objects As The Glue For A Business Architecture

By Whynde Kuehn | 20 May 2019

In this installment of StraightTalk, we return to the idea of business objects, and the important role they play throughout an organization’s business architecture – and why it matters. We will do some serious condensing here of the BIZBOK® Guide to help you put the pieces together and understand how it all works. Why? Well, […]

What’s In A Word: How to Create a Capability Map That Unlocks New Value

By Whynde Kuehn | 6 May 2019

Before we get into some more fancy stuff, we need to have a solid foundation to build upon, so we return to our business architecture bedrock: capabilities. This StraightTalk installment shines a light on the realities of capability mapping and helps us to interpret some key concepts in the BIZBOK® Guide in an effort to […]

Leaving a Legacy: How to Deal With Legacy Business Architecture Challenges

By Whynde Kuehn | 16 July 2018

We’re back with another installment in the “how to deal” series. This post focuses on how to deal with legacy business architecture challenges (a.k.a. you realize the business architecture knowledgebase you built is not quite right). This is a common situation for business architecture teams which have been at this for awhile—though there are important […]

Making the Grade: Assessing Business Architecture

By Whynde Kuehn | 21 May 2018

In this installment, StraightTalk Post No. 28, we are going to look at a topic of increasing interest and practice: business architecture assessments. What are we talking about here? Performing business architecture assessments is the idea capturing various metrics about an organization’s business architecture, which can then be assessed to identify improvement opportunities and make […]

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