Ask The Right Questions

On any given week I am in a number of conversations with business leaders, business architects, or others who want to become business architects. They ask a lot of questions. And while all questions are good questions, some are better than others. Here are the two questions I get most often and what I think […]

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Four Business Architecture Value Propositions

Last week I attended the Business Architecture Innovation Summit sponsored by the Business Architecture Guild. One of the most common hallway topics was how to demonstrate value. I had a number of interesting conversations that led me to the following four business architecture value propositions:   Return on investment. An ROI approach may be necessary […]

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Your Company Doesn’t Want Business Architecture

  Am I kidding? Well, no. The chances are good your company really does not want a business architecture – even if you have a business architecture practice. I don’t mean that the management team has carefully examined business architecture as an approach to better business design and rejected it. Nor do I mean that […]

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What Is the Value of a Roadmap?

I get many questions about demonstrating the value of business architecture but a few weeks ago I was in a discussion with some fellow business architects who had a more specific question, “What is the value of a roadmap?”  After thinking about this a while, I came to the conclusion that we often miss the […]

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A Systems View of Business Architecture

A couple of weeks ago, Accelare collaborated with Penn State and Gartner Research to produce a 3 ½ day executive education workshop entitled “Enterprise Transformation and Integration: Beyond IT/Business Alignment”. I taught one of the sections but I also learned a lot from the other faculty members. Last week I posted a piece entitled Four […]

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Four Skills for the 21st Century Leader

A couple of weeks ago, Accelare collaborated with Penn State and Gartner Research to produce a 3 ½ day executive education workshop entitled “Enterprise Transformation and Integration: Beyond IT/Business Alignment”. One of most interesting presentations was by Al Vicere, Executive Education Professor of Strategic Leadership for The Smeal College of Business on the 21st century […]

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Three Essential Elements for High Performance Organizations

The elusive high-performance organization I have recently turned my thinking to high performance organizations and how to create them. Though most of us have worked in good organizations (and a few bad ones along the way), few have firsthand experience of really great, high-performing organizations. They are in fact very rare creatures. We know they […]

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