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.

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A Professional Opinion: How Architecture Can Become a True Profession

This double-installment StraightTalk validates the concept of business architecture as a real discipline and career path. It is based on the perspectives and visions from two worldwide authorities on the topic, Dr. Brian Cameron and Paul Preiss. We first explore the topic through an academic lens and then through the broader lens of architecture as a profession which includes all architects together, in business and technology.
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7 Practices of Successful Business Architecture Teams — How to Succeed With Business Architecture: Wisdom from Practice Leaders

How does an organization really succeed with business architecture? In this epic installment of StraightTalk, we explore that question with nine different business architecture practice leaders from around the word. They each give the straight talk on how to position business architecture, how to deliver real business value and outcomes with it, how to gain buy-in and shift mindsets, and how to start and grow an internal practice within an organization. This installment is based on a very special 3-part podcast series, which contains individual interviews with each one of them.
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The People Perspective: How Organization Design and Business Architecture Work Together

This installment of StraightTalk explores how the disciplines of organization design and business architecture can work together. The discipline of organization design is critical for organizations, especially now, and there must be tight partnership and integration with business architecture.
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Business Architect Strengths: How to Maximize the Impact of Business Architects

This installment of StraightTalk offers some fresh, data-based insights on the human side of business architecture from the Business Architect Strengths Study. This is a good starting point to help us explore how to leverage our unique strengths and work with others, not only to succeed in the business architect role but also to drive change with business architecture.
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The SAFe Bet: Your Top-10 FAQs Answered About Business Architecture and Scaled Agile Framework

This installment of StraightTalk addresses the top-10 Frequently Asked Questions about business architecture and SAFe with Guest Star Jo Gilmore.
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Outside-In, Inside-Out: How Customer Experience Design and Business Architecture Work Together

This installment of StraightTalk focuses on the topic of customer experience design and explores what it is, why it is important, and how it fits hand-in-hand with business architecture.
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The Wisdom of Bridges: How Business Architecture and Operating Models Fit Together

This installment of StraightTalk explores what an operating model is and how it works with an organization’s business architecture.
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Business Architecture and the Strategy Journey: Practicing the Art of Business Architecture and Its Role Within the Strategy Journey

In this installment of StraightTalk, we highlight 10 powerful takeaways from a conversation with Julie Choo, author of THE STRATEGY JOURNEY book, creator of THE STRATEGY JOURNEY Framework, and founder of the Stratability Academy, on how to practice the art of business architecture and how the discipline fits within the broader context of the strategy journey.
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The Business Architecture Playbook: How to Build Your Business Architecture Methodology

As your business architecture team grows and as demand for your business architecture services increases, at some point you may want to seriously consider creating a business architecture playbook. While many teams are not even aware of what a business architecture playbook is, they often experience the challenges that can occur when one is lacking as the discipline scales within their organization.

This installment will break down the what, the why, and the how of building a business architecture playbook, in the usual StraightTalk style.
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Secrets of Socialization: How to Socialize and Build Adoption for Business Architecture

This installment of StraightTalk provides you with loads of practical tips, secrets, and hacks for business architecture socialization based on the collective wisdom of business architecture practitioners around the world.
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The Composable Business: Business Architecture as an Organization’s Common Business Components

What’s a composable business? Composable means modularity. This installment of StraightTalk describes why modularity is beneficial to organizations and how business architecture serves as THE common, reusable business components for an organization.
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Partners In Change: How Change Management and Business Architecture Work Together

This installment of StraightTalk explores the topic of organizational change management and how it works together with business architecture, guest starring Ken Williams.
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