Business Architecture Foundation Workshop

This hands-on workshop explores the subject of Business Architecture, providing teams with a solid foundation for execution. The truth is, that your business has an architecture. You are either in the driver’s seat defining your business’s structure and roadmap to success (i.e. your Business Architecture) or you are at the mercy of the ad-hoc architecture that you have stumbled into over the past 10-15 years.

Throughout this course, a solid foundation of terminology, methods, techniques, and artifacts will be established to equip your team in understanding what Business Architecture is and how to establish a Business Architecture practice within your organization.


Course goals include the following:

§ Define Business Architecture

§ Understand the value of Business Architecture

§ Describe the different views of Business Architecture

§ Be able to define a Business Architecture bottom-up, top-down, or meet-in-the-middle

§ Comprehend the relevance of architectural frameworks in the context of Business Architecture

§ Gain hands-on experience creating Business Architecture views and key artifacts

§ Explore real world Business Architecture case studies

§ Discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in establishing a Business Architecture practice


LOB managers, business analysts, architects, and team leads.


2 days.



§ Defining Business Architecture

§ Layers of the Enterprise Architecture

§ The Business Architecture Domain

§ The Values of Business Architecture

§ Relationship with Other Types of Architecture

§ Other Pillars of Business Architecture

§ Formal Business Architecture

§ Ownership vs Stewardship

§ Business Architecture Frameworks

§ Enterprise Architecture Frameworks

§ Business Architect vs Business Analyst – 1/3

§ Business Architect vs Business Analyst – 2/3

§ Business Architect vs Business Analyst – 3/3

§ Going Beyond the Process


§ What are BIZBOK and BIZBOK Guide?

§ The Business Architecture Guild

§ The BIZBOK Guide Make Up

§ BIZBOK’s Definition of Business Architecture

§ Business Architecture Characteristics

§ Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How

§ What are a Capability and Value Stream?

§ BIZBOK Common Blueprints

§ The BIZBOK Business Architecture Framework

§ The BIZBOK Business Architecture Framework Diagram

§ Business Architecture Scenario Topics


§ What is a BIZBOK Business Architecture Blueprint?

§ Representing Business Architecture with Business Blueprints

§ BIZBOK Business Architecture Blueprints List

§ Strategy Development Questions

§ Business Strategy Mapping

§ Strategy Mapping Frameworks Overview

§ Ansoff Product/Market Grid

§ Ansoff Product/Market Grid Diagram

§ SWOT Analysis (Matrix)

§ Norton Kaplan Strategy Map

§ The Strategy Map’s Four Perspectives

§ Norton Kaplan Strategy Map Diagram

§ Balanced Scorecards

§ The Balanced Scorecard Perspectives

§ The Balanced Scorecard Perspectives Diagram

§ More on Capability

§ Capability Mapping

§ Business Capabilities Levels

§ Sample Business Capability Model Taxonomy Diagram

§ Business Unit to Business Capability Mapping

§ Heat Mapping Concepts

§ The Value Stream Definition

§ Value Mapping

§ Value Mapping Diagram

§ Value Maps vs Business Processes

§ More on the Value Stream Blueprint

§ A Value Stream Example

§ Value Stream Heat Mapping

§ Value Stream Heat Mapping Example

§ Value Stream / Capability Cross-mapping

§ Value Stream / Capability Cross-mapping Example

§ BIZBOK Domain Diagram

§ Another BIZBOK View of Business Architecture Concepts and Relationships


§ The Value of a Business Architecture

§ The Path to Actionable Results

§ Getting Started with Business Architecture

§ Establishing and Evolving Business Architecture

§ Business Architecture Governance

§ Required Roles

§ The Business Architect Role

§ Business Models and Frameworks

§ A Business Model Framework: Osterwalder Canvas

§ The Building Blocks of the Business Model Canvas

§ The Business Model Canvas Diagram

§ Business Architecture / Business Model Alignment and Mapping

§ Business Architecture / Business Model Alignment Example


§ What are Process Maturity Models?

§ Process Maturity Models Positioning

§ Defining a Level

§ The Five Levels of Process Maturity

§ Moving Up the Levels of Process Maturity

§ Assessing the Level of Maturity

§ The Level Assessment Elements

§ Process Level Scores

§ Process Level Scores

§ Enterprise Capabilities: Leadership

§ Enterprise Capabilities: Culture

§ Enterprise Capabilities: Expertise

§ Enterprise Capabilities: Governance (1/2)

§ Enterprise Capabilities: Governance (2/2)

§ Process Enablers: Design (1/2)

§ Process Enablers: Design (2/2)

§ Process Enablers: Performers

§ Process Enablers: Owner

§ Process Enablers: Infrastructure


§ Improving Processes

§ Process Governance

§ Business Modeling

§ Process Performance Analysis

§ Motivation for Continuous Process Improvements

§ Dissecting a Metric

§ Definition of Critical Indicators

§ Key Performance Indicators

§ KPI Selection Criteria

§ KPI Examples

§ Measurement Plan

§ Types of Process Changes

§ What is Six Sigma?

§ Six Sigma Projects

§ What is Lean Six Sigma?

§ Lean and Six Sigma Sigma Main Methods

§ Aligning Business Architecture and Lean Six Sigma

§ The Lean Value Stream

§ Lean Value Stream Example

§ Lean and Business Architecture Value Streams Cross-Mapping Synergies

§ Rapid Improvement Process

§ Achieving Success with Six Sigma and RIP

§ Ishikawa Diagram


§ Relationship Between Business Architecture and Other Types of Architecture

§ Business / IT Alignment

§ Business / IT Architecture Mapping

§ The Importance of a Framework for Enterprise Architecture

§ EA Framework Family Tree

§ Group Discussion: Architecture Frameworks


§ TOGAF Components

§ Architecture Development Method (ADM)

§ Architecture Content Framework

§ Views & Viewpoints

§ TOGAF Viewpoints

§ Catalogs, Matrices, Diagrams & Viewpoints

§ Architecture Deliverables

§ ADM Techniques

§ Enterprise to Solution Architecture

§ Zachman Framework

§ Zachman Framework Matrix Overview

§ The Scope of the Zachman Framework

§ What the Zachman Framework is NOT

§ TOGAF Artifacts Using the Zachman Framework

§ Leveraging the Zachman Framework

§ Federal Enterprise Architectural Framework (FEAF)

§ Leveraging FEA

§ Some Other Frameworks

§ Which Framework Should I Use?

§ EA Frameworks Ecosystem


§ The Importance of Architecture Views

§ Describing Architecture through Views

§ Class Exercise – “Views and Viewpoints – Simple Airport System”

§ The 5 Business Architecture Views

§ The Goals View

§ Common Pitfalls when Setting Goals

§ Goal Prioritization

§ TOGAF’s Goals View

§ OMG’s Goals View

§ OMG Business Motivation Model Details

§ SMART Goals

§ Facades View

§ Facade’s View – UML

§ Business Use Case Model

§ More Complex Use Cases

§ Facade’s View – Functional Model

§ TOGAF Functional / Facade Models

§ Additional Functional / Facade Models

§ The Communications View

§ UML Communication Diagrams

§ Processes View

§ UML Activity Diagram

§ Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) Process Models

§ Business Entities View

§ Domain Modeling as a Business Entity View

§ Data Modeling as a Business Entity View