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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.

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, […]

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 […]

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