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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.

Us and Us: “The Business Architecture of IT”

By Whynde Kuehn | 17 June 2019

Once business architecture starts getting traction within an organization, there often comes a question: “Does IT have a business architecture?”  This installment of StraightTalk explores this concept of “the business architecture of IT.” Well, does it? Does IT have a business architecture? Yes. The same one as the rest of the organization. Explain. If we […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Dos and Don’ts For Establishing a Business Architecture Practice

By Whynde Kuehn | 1 April 2019

This installment gives you the straight talk on some serious dos and don’ts for establishing a business architecture practice within an organization. We’ll ground our conversation by reflecting on a fundamental concept of the business architecture discipline — often misunderstood — that will assist in guiding you and help you to stay on the right […]

Seeing Is Believing, Part 3 – How Business Architecture Practices Can Leverage Storytelling for Greater Success

Guest starring: Tamara Park

By Whynde Kuehn | 18 March 2019

Welcome to the last epic installment of our visual and storytelling StraightTalk series, in which we explore the power of story. We know that in order to succeed as business architects, it’s not just about creating architectures and ideas for the future – we also need to convey those ideas, influence others, and incite action. […]

Seeing Is Believing, Part 2 – How Business Architecture Practices Can Leverage Graphic Recording and Facilitation for Greater Success

Guest starring: Sarah Greer & Michael Pemberton

By Whynde Kuehn | 4 March 2019

Welcome to the second installment of our visual and storytelling StraightTalk series. This one is epic. In this installment, we explore how we can leverage two highly engaging, visual techniques – graphic recording and graphic facilitation – as part of our business architecture practice. What we can achieve with business architecture is only as good […]

Seeing Is Believing, Part 1 – How Business Architecture Practices Can Leverage Presentation Design for Greater Success

Guest starring: James Jones

By Whynde Kuehn | 18 February 2019

Welcome to Part 1 of 3 within our visual and storytelling StraightTalk series. We are excited for these posts because we think they are fresh, fun and most importantly—highly relevant to business architecture. When we think about our business architecture practices, or even our competencies as business architects, we often focus on developing and using […]