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Episode 14 – EA strategy and capabilities

EA strategy development is not done very often, but has many benefits. In this episode of the podcast, we are talking with Carlisle Gunn, an experienced Enterprise Architect, who we’ve worked with on past projects. Carlisle has worked in the Enterprise Architecture space for over 8 years with a focus on business and application architecture. […]

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The changing role of architects

Even though the discipline of architecture is decades old (and if you look at the discipline of process management, even hundreds of years), there is no consensus of what an architect actually defines. And the practitioners have not been helpful as well in their self-positioning. “Back in the day” a lot of architecture groups held […]

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Episode 12 – Ten things I’ve learned

Here it is – the end (of season 1 … no worries, we’re back with the podcast in January 2022). In this episode we are mixing up the format a bit and are talking about the 10 things that we learned in 25 years of architecture and process management. Approach / strategy segment Let’s talk […]

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Episode 11 – Governance design

Ahh, governance – the topic that is boring to death and had complete EA groups being fired. Love it or not, setting up the “rules of engagement” is still an important piece in an organization. And you can do it while having some fun when you remember the points that we are talking about in […]

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Model import into your architecture tool (part 2)

As mentioned in part 1 of this series, a model import as part of the implementation of an architecture tool can be a crucial success factor to get a new program off the ground and act as an accelerator for future projects. We discussed the first two phases (preparation and initial import) and will have […]

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Import of existing content (part 1) – a blessing or recipe for chaos?

One major point of the implementation of an architecture tool is the import of existing content. Organizations have years and sometimes decades of content in various formats available, that might be in various statuses – from “current” to “horribly incorrect”, “cannot be found anymore”, or “outdated”. However, it might be a worthwhile exercise to get […]

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Episode 7 – Import of existing content

Welcome to a new episode of your favorite podcast. The topic of today is to capture and import the vast amounts of existing content in your organization, and how to integrate this into your repository. The import is one of the four major steps of an architecture tool implementation that we discussed in Episode 3. […]

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Episode 5 – Notations, notations, notations

Welcome to episode 5 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. Today we are talking about: Definitions: Frameworks (structures), Methods (processes), Notations (languages), Reference Content (content) How to implement these? This is part of the Technical Governance implementation phase; write it down in your EA Strategy document Document your standards. When and how to change the […]

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Episode 4 – Selecting an architecture tool

Welcome to episode 4 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. We are talking about: Types of architecture tools: drawing tools, implementation front ends, database-driven architecture tools How users see things: data-driven visualization vs. visualization-driven data (tables vs diagrams) Focus of architecture tools > niche vendors – your stakeholder needs drive the focus What to look […]

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Episode 3 – Implement your Architecture Tool

Welcome to episode 3 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. The topic of this episode is how to implement your architecture tool(s). We are talking about:  What do people look for when buying an architecture tool? What is the end perspective on the architecture tool implementation? The importance of personas and the value proposition for […]

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How to set up the Technical Governance – part 3: creating the architecture method configuration

After doing the “hard work” of figuring out what shall be captured and visualized in your architecture tool – manifested in the data model and meta model – it is now time to do the actual architecture method configuration of the tool. For this purpose I will describe this for ARIS. Your chosen tool might […]

How to set up the Technical Governance – part 2: meta model

After creating the data models that are relevant for your technical governance, we will have a look at the meta model in this article. You will see the entities “come alive” in this activity, and the conversations with your stakeholders become less abstract and more “hands-on”. What is a meta model? While the data model […]