Removing the barriers to the architecture discipline

Have you ever been confused by jargon-y architect language? Things like “TOGAF”, “BPMN”, and “UML” – what do they mean, and why do they matter? Or suffered through a system implementation that had a lot of upfront planning, but ended up with scope creep?

Welcome to the What’s Your Baseline Podcast, where we explore these topics and more. This podcast is about Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Management, and how you can set up your practice to get the most out of it.

It is for:

  • newbies who just get started with these topics,
  • organizations who want to improve their EA/BPM groups and the value that they get from it,
  • as well as practitioners who want to get a different perspective and care about the discipline.

So what can you expect here? Each episode, we’ll be diving into a topic that is relevant for you. What it is, why it’s interesting and why you should care. We’ll also share stories from the road – how to implement best practices, and their value.

Join us on this bi-weekly journey with the What’s Your Baseline Podcast and companion blog.

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Latest episodes

Updating the "plumbing" is not sexy. Looking at measures being put in place to avoid the worst case or deal with it when it happens is not fancy. Educating people and reminding them on being alert is exhausting. However, the topic of Security and Security Architecture is one of the most important things to do, now that we outgrow the industrial age and move into the information age. In this episode of the What's Your Baseline Podcast we are talking with Rick Smith about Security Architecture. Rick has over 18 years of experience in managing information systems to include, developing policies, portfolio management, writing programs and procedure development for information assurance programs. His various roles include a Network Administrator/Manager, Threat Analyst Subject Matter Expert, IA Strategic Planning and Database Manager. He is proficient in certification and accreditation policy and procedure including DoD policy, intelligence community policy, United States Postal Service (USPS) AS805, and NIST guidelines. He also has experience in cyber security architecture development for these same organizations.  Rick has developed and taught CISSP classes. He has developed his own curriculum and approach in helping candidates become a CISSP. In this episode we are talking about: What is Security Architecture? Define mission, threat Policies and SOPs need accountability, the need for education Digital natives and their approach to security – leading to decentralized security architecture How to approach threats How to mature your organization’s security by using NIST’s Cyber Security Framework CMMC and security self assessments Implement the framework Rick can be found on LinkedIn here: The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at
  1. Ep. 31 – Security Architecture: Rick Smith
  2. Ep. 30 – How to select a Process Mining tool
  3. Ep. 29 – Open Source: Avi Ghosh
  4. Ep. 28 – Quality Engineering: Wings Liang
  5. Ep. 27 – BPM & EA Maturity
  6. Ep. 26 – Communicating the value of architecture: Laurie Kelly

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Meet your hosts

This podcast is hosted by Roland Woldt and J-M Erlendson, two experienced consultants with decades of experience in large consulting firms and tool vendors.

About Roland

Roland is the main author of this site and the podcast host.

He is a well-rounded executive with 25+ years of Business / Digital Transformation consulting and software development / system implementation experience, in addition to leadership positions within the German Armed Forces (11 years).

He has worked as a Team Lead, Engagement / Program Manager, and Enterprise / Solution Architect on many projects. Within these projects, he was responsible for the full project life cycle, from shaping a solution and selling it, to setting up a methodological approach through design, implementation, and testing, up to the roll-out of solutions.

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About J-M

J-M is the co-host of the podcast, and is a Business Process Architect, Methodology Specialist, Conference Speaker, and Transformation Engineering Lead with over 15 years of experience in Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Architecture, Supply Chain Management and Project Management, helping clients develop and implement business process frameworks, hone process-centric strategies, and execute process improvement and architecture modernization projects. 

He is a leader in business, founding and running multiple highly-successful independent arts companies and charities.

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Meet our interview guests

Here are the guest on our show so far. Click on an image to open the episode in a new tab.

What others say

Praveen Edwin

Praveen Edwin

The What’s Your Baseline? podcast is a tool I keep in my back pocket to navigate the challenges in an ever-changing business technical ecosystem.The podcast episodes cover topics that are relevant to business process management, process optimization and enterprise architecture domains.The podcast gives me an immediate perspective on how, as an enterprise architect, I should look at these topics with a lens to see where and how it applies within my landscape.

Praveen Edwin

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Jose Pires

José Pires

Enterprise Architecture and Process Management nowadays are filled with technical jargon, which is an unnecessary obstacle for organizations and professionals who want to get started or stand up their own practices effectively and efficiently.

The What’s Your Baseline podcast demystifies these disciplines with clear information and targeted advice. In addition to architecture-relevant topics, the podcast includes culture, business, and digital transformation practical insights that will help you run your practice better.

Roland and J-M also have great chemistry, which makes listening to their show both valuable and entertaining.

José Pires

Excellence & Innovation
Helge Hess

Dr. Helge Hess

In a business world deluged by so many buzzwords, clarity is power. That is exactly the value that the podcast ‘What’s your Baseline?’ delivers.

The two hosts Roland and J-M have decades of practical experience in the fields of Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture and manage not only to explain theoretical concepts, but also to show the very concrete practical benefits for companies on their way to Operational Excellence.

A must-hear for all BPM/EA stakeholders!

Dr. Helge Hess

Software AG
Kevin Scully

Kevin Scully

Whats Your Baseline tackles the myths and facts of the multi-billion dollar Process Intelligence market; covering topics such as Task Mining, Process Discovery, Process Mining, Process Modeling and RPA.

Roland and J-M, with their guests, provide valuable insight into the nuances of each approach to better understand how to optimize business processes. Using a medical simile, process mining provides the “prognosis” and RPA provides the “medicine.”

It’s refreshing to hear from experts who have been in the trenches versus industry analysts who just review spreadsheets and hearsay.

Kevin Scully

Nina Bourgeois

Nina Bourgeois

In a world where podcasts have become more and more popular, it is hard to find one that is informational, provides transparency, and has facts from experts in the field.

The “What’s Your Baseline?” podcast provides valuable insight into the Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture world. It uncovers multitudes of questions one may have, and secrets to help one succeed in this space. It is the perfect on-the-go podcast for someone who is looking to learn more without having to get on a call with a sales person. J-M and Roland have 15-25 years of success in the field.

This is a must-listen to podcast for anyone looking for something relatable and to keep them hooked!

Nina Bourgeois

Jakub Dvorak

Jakub Dvořák

Despite competing for every valuable minute of listeners’ time in an already crowded podcast scene, it’s always a pleasure to compliment a show of people who are as passionate about their work as you are.

And I can honestly say that it is precisely what I feel from Roland and his co-host J-M on the What’s Your Baseline podcast. It’s a great show about the fascinating world of BPM!

Jakub Dvořák

Process& - Host of the Mining Your Business podcast

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