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In Step 2, delve further to explore the potential value and usage scenarios for business architecture as well as see how other organizations are leveraging it. The resources are grouped by usage scenarios and related disciplines to help you quickly locate content that applies to you.
In Step 6, the business architecture is expanded and refined as needed, prioritized by the relevant usage scenarios from Step 5. This may include activities such as decomposing capabilities or articulating new value streams, mapping additional business architecture domains beyond the baseline (e.g., business units, strategies, policies, products, stakeholders, initiatives or metrics) or cross-mapping the business architecture to domains from other disciplines (e.g., cross-mapping capabilities to journeys, processes, applications, software services or requirements).
In Step 8, the business architecture practice maturity is assessed along with other measurements of its success. In conjunction with practice goal setting, this informs Step 9 to drive practice direction over the next horizon.
In Step 9, goals are established for the practice during the next horizon. These goals along with the results of the business architecture practice maturity assessment and other success measurements are then used to plan enhancements for the practice during the next horizon, resulting in a practice roadmap. The planned enhancements are executed and measured again in Step 8. Steps 8 and 9 typically occur as an annual planning rhythm where the measurement, goal-setting and next horizon planning for the business architecture practice are done at the end of the year, and then practice enhancements are executed during the following year. All planned practice enhancements should be directly aligned with how business architecture is being applied in Step 5.
In Step 7, the initial business architecture team is formally established and key aspects of practice infrastructure are put into place such as a charter, engagement model and practice advancement roadmap.
If you’re new to it, the whole topic of business architecture can seem a bit overwhelming, but the Practitioner Learning Pathway will break it down for you one step at a time. We will try to get you over the learning curve as quickly as possible, because we know that ultimately your goal as a business architecture practitioner is to deliver real business value and outcomes. On the other hand, if you’re already in the business architecture world, you can skim across the learning pathway for new ideas and insights to inform your thinking and keep up with the latest in global thought. You may also want to focus on the later steps in the learning path for considering career path options, collaborating with others and giving back.
The Practitioner Learning Pathway begins with Steps 1, 2 and 3 which provide a critical foundation for your career and success as a business architecture practitioner. Consider performing Steps 1 and 2 in parallel, and potentially even Step 3 if you are already in the role. In Steps 4 and 5, you become an experienced practitioner and deliver tremendous value to your organization while also shifting mindsets and ways of working over time. Once you’ve achieved a level of competence and success in the role, you can consider career path options in Step 6. Steps 7 and 8 are about collaborating with and giving back to others. This is a great way to advance and bring meaning to your career – and you can start doing so now even if you are not a seasoned expert .
Depending on your situation, your journey as a practitioner may coincide with the journey of your organization’s business practice. If so, refer to the Practice Learning Pathway for other activities and resources within the broader context, especially during Steps 1 through 4.