StraightTalk

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.

What is Business Architecture Governance Anyway – Take 1

In this installment of StraightTalk, we are taking on a big, scary and loaded concept: business architecture governance. The topic is both filled with confusion and lack of information. This is due in part to the relative newness of the business architecture discipline and the current maturity level of most organizations, as well as some of the history inherited from enterprise architecture governance. This is first of two installments on the topic.
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Business Politecture: How to Deal With Business Architecture Adoption Challenges

In this installment of StraightTalk, we will explore another important topic to making a business architecture practice successful: business politecture. Yep, that is business architecture + politics = business politecture.
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Good to Great: How to Become a Great Business Architect

This installment of StraightTalk is a follow-on from our previous post on what makes a great business architect. Let’s get actionable on what we talked about last time.
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In Search of Greatness: How to Find or Be a Great Business Architect

What makes a “great” business architect is a topic of much curiosity and debate. So this installment of StraightTalk is about you, business architect, and what makes you tick.
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Business Marketecture: How to Deal With Business Architecture Socialization Challenges

In this installment, we will straight talk on one of everyone’s favorite topics: how to socialize and build buy-in for business architecture within an organization. Yep, we’re talking about business architecture + marketing = business marketecture. And sometimes we need a lot of it.
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Power To The People: How to Deal With Business Architecture Resource Challenges

In this installment, we will be StraightTalkin’ about how to get creative with some tricky business architecture resource challenges. If you’re working on an established business architecture team, this might be just-in-time advice you need. If you are part of a new business architecture practice, you’ll have these ideas in your back pocket in case you need them in the future.
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Leaving a Legacy: How to Deal With Legacy Business Architecture Challenges

This installment of StraightTalk 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 lessons to heed here for new teams as well.
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How to Deal With Strategy Challenges: Bad Strategy, Non-Strategy, No Strategy

This post will focus on how to deal with strategy challenges. While there are many common challenges in this space, since we are StraighTalkin’ here, we’ll just lay out some of biggies and then get right to the point on how to deal.
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The Business Architecture Sherpa Series: Frequently Asked Business Architecture Questions, Part 2

In this installment of StraightTalk, we cover the second half of the questions and answers (#11-#20) to our top 20 FABAQ (Frequently Asked Business Architecture Questions), which help you understand and help you help others understand the importance and value of business architecture.
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Crystal Ball as of 2018: Business Architecture Now + A Glimpse Into the Future

We’re starting this promising new year with a look at where we’re at with business architecture and where we’re going in the future to inspire those New Year’s resolutions.
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The Business Architecture Sherpa Series: Frequently Asked Business Architecture Questions, Part 1

This installment of StraightTalk answers everyone’s FABAQ (Frequently Asked Business Architecture Questions) and there are lots of them. This covers the first half of the questions and answers (#1-#10).
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Making the Grade: Assessing Business Architecture

In this installment of StraightTalk, we are going to look at a topic of increasing interest and practice: business architecture assessments.
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