Capability Components

Pardon, which sector? – Xtech and Why I’m Fed Up with Tech part 3

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I’ve written previously about the issues with xtech that arise from applying -tech to the end of a sector such as healthtech, fintech, etc. And I introduced (and revoked) the idea of a -value suffix. Earlier this week, a conversation earlier made me think more about this and I want to explore the concepts of Business Capability and Capability Components further. The entrepreneur mentioned that he was in the finance sector. On questioning further, the offer was a financial app for any sector. There’s a big difference and we can explore that difference in a matrix between capabilities and sectors. At first glance, that looks like a contender for the world’s least useful matrix. On second glance, I’d also probably agree with my first impression. Not only does every cell in the matrix have a tick in it (so there’s […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 6: Capabilities and Org Units

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Taking the model defined so far and introducing the concept of capability changes and the effect on the organisation units. Recap In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals. In the third article, I introduced the corporate element of the BMM. In the fourth article, I introduced the Blueprint element of MSP. In the fifth article, I introduced the whole diagram so far and the achieving different perspectives on that model In this article, I’m going to introduce a related model that includes how to […]

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The Taco of Business Architecture – What’s the Purpose of Business Architecture?

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As a profession, Business Architects are in danger of becoming defined by just one of the products that they create. Unfortunately, it reduces the value that the profession can provide to organisations and limits expectations of prospects and clients. What went wrong? Imagine a fine-dining chef who makes tacos once at the request of a favourite customer. The chef knows tacos will do the job, she knows they’re sustenance, she knows that there are better products and even advises the customer of what she can do instead. But the customer wants tacos, so she delivers. Other people like tacos as well. So she becomes known as a taco chef and the world is left short one fine-dining chef. Or rather, she’s no longer unavailable to provide the fine-dining experience since she’s now cooking tacos at the request of many customers. […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 5: Perspectives

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The model I’ve been using in the previous articles has grown to become relative complex (complex for a online article, not for a typical business architecture model) while trying to describe a common situation in most organisations. I’m going to show it all in one diagram in this article and show different perspectives on the diagram. Recap In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals. In the third article, I introduced the corporate element of the BMM. In the fourth article, I introduced the Blueprint […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 4: Mission

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In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals. In the third article, I introduced the corporate element of the BMM. In this article, I’m going to introduce the Blueprint element of MSP. What we’ll cover: The MSP Blueprint The MSP Mission Some of the capabilities that we’re affecting Design Principles The start of work packages What we won’t cover The detail of the organisation design (e.g. current and future designs) The full capability map Multiple programmes Warning Do not consider this article to contain the […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 3: Corporate

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In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals In this article, I’m going to introduce the corporate element of the BMM. What we’ll cover Corporate vision as opposed to MSP vision Drivers and influencers What we won’t cover Programme plans Risk governance, etc IT artefacts Anything that isn’t related to business motivation. Archimate and Archi are capable of modelling more than just business motivation, but my scope is purely the intersection of Business Motivation, Archimate and MSP. Background In the previous article, I mentioned that […]

Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 1

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I spend a lot of time around programmes that are managed with Managing Successful Programmes. I’m either in a separate architecture function, advising on changes, or sometimes in the trenches of the programmes themselves. There’s often a disconnect between the tools and the techniques being used, especially when different team members are coming from different backgrounds with different experiences. Business Motivation I’m always concerned about the why. Why does a programme exist? Why is it doing what it’s doing in the way that it’s doing it? Often that boils down to asking what problems are we trying to solve, but sometimes it’s more complex than that. I’ve been a fan of the Business Motivation Model (BMM) for a few years and have used it successfully with clients, especially to highlight the gaps between expected benefits and portfolio/programme activities. So I’ve […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 2: Goals and Benefits

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The concept of merging standards and tools isn’t new, in fact my first professional role was to map the supplier’s tool (Oracle Designer) and method to the corporate methodology (Fujitsu Macroscope). So I’m approaching this, not with any apprehension of difficulty, but instead from a perspective of being concerned about the level of compromise necessary to integrate the tools, standards and methods. I set out in the previous article why I was doing this. I’d come across several articles mapping out the Business Motivation Model and Archimate, with varying degrees of success. The main issue is the granularity of goals and how that doesn’t really help with the difference between board-level goals and local, more project level goals. In a way, that may be an advantage. The best was this article at bizzdesign.com The other issue I’m finding is that it’s […]

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Enterprise Architecture as a household chore

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If transformative change is the task of ironing, then Enterprise Architecture is the act of stretching the fabric across the ironing board beforehand. Ensuring that the creases that already existed are smoothed out, allowing the change to flow freely, instead of exacerbating the folds that were already present before the change. Experienced Enterprise Architects will know just how much stretching is required, how hot to make the change and, most importantly, when it’s done and it’s time to move onto the next item.

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Black sheep or Shepherd?

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As a business architect, I feel like I’m sometimes the black sheep and sometimes the shepherd of the Enterprise Architecture function.   The Black Sheep 1: Uncovering the rationale I feel like the black sheep because I find myself regularly asking why. Why did you make that decision? Why did you choose that approach? Why caused you to think that way? I tend to use different, phrasing which is more approachable and open, such as “tell me the story so far. How did we get to where we are now?”, etc. But underneath it all, I’m aiming to understand the motivation behind the changes that are progressing in front of me. It’s not so much a position of devil’s advocate, more of one of uncovering the rationale behind decisions and evaluating whether that decision is still a valid one. Many […]