​​Business Architecture Training

One of the most frequently asked questions from business architecture teams is how to get started. Whether you are just starting an internal business architecture team within your organization or well into the journey, this course covers key aspects that will help successfully position, socialize, and mature your practice. The course begins with a foundational discussion of the value of business architecture and provides approaches for articulating it to executives and others within an organization. It covers various team reporting structures, along with the pros and cons of each, and a description of the business architect role and how it interacts with others. The course highlights the key elements of a business architecture practice, highlighting a roadmap of the most essential activities for new teams as well as the tried and true keys to success for all teams.

Key topics include:

  • Defining and socializing the business architecture value proposition
  • Best practice business architecture team structures and positioning
  • Getting started and critical success factors for a business architecture practice

Over the years, solution architects, data architects, software designers, and developers have sought abstractions of the business that represent an organization and its needs as important inputs to IT architecture and software design work. In practice, however, business abstractions are often siloed, redundant, and inconsistently defined, which leads to software systems that lack interoperability, are hard to maintain, and often fail their intended purpose. Business architecture provides essential insights into IT architecture definition and software design. This session will discuss how business architecture can serve as an important input to IT architecture definition and software design.

Key topics include:

  • Pitfalls of using poorly articulated business abstractions as input to IT architecture and software design
  • Role of business architecture as input to application and data architecture definition
  • Using business architecture as input to software service design and reuse

ongoing mini-course series on key topics

The November 2020 series offering consists of 6 courses and is now open for registration. The courses will be offered in 3-hour time slots, from 8–11 am PST / 11 am–2 pm EST / 5 pm–8 pm CET. The engaging format provides real-time, online lecture/presentation with live Q&A interaction, led by Business Architecture Associates’ founders and principal instructors, Whynde Kuehn and William Ulrich. Special discounts are available for an individual package of 3 or more courses. Discounts are also available per course for a corporate package of 3 or more attendees from the same organization.

Watch the mini-course overview


Business architecture has increasingly been recognized as a key enabler for strategy execution. But what does this really mean and how is business architecture used to translate strategy? This course describes an end-to-end view of strategy execution, highlighting where the discipline of business architecture focuses, how it provides value, and how it interacts with other teams and disciplines. It then lays out an approach to translating strategies and other business direction into clearly defined objectives, metrics, action items, and business architecture impacts. The course then illustrates how to identify and aggregate changes to business and technology environments into business architecture-framed initiatives for execution. Participants will practice using this proven approach to decompose a sample strategy into objectives and action items, assess the business architecture impacts, and create a set of actionable initiatives.

Key topics include:

  • The role of business architecture across the strategy realization path

  • How to translate business strategy into clear, measurable, actionable direction

  • Creating a coordinated set of well-formed initiatives to execute strategy

Translating & Executing Strategy with Business Architecture November 3, 2020

BUsiness Architecture  

Establishing a business architecture baseline, which includes a robust set of capability, information, organization, value stream, and related mappings, is challenging and time consuming. The availability of industry reference models offers organizations the ability to expedite the time it takes to deploy a high-quality, business architecture baseline. While reference models have matured, using and customizing them requires skills that many organizations may lack. Reference model interpretation, customization, and utilization can result in many detours without formal guidance. This course introduces reference model concepts and how to maximize their value. 

Key topics include:

  • Reference model basics: value propositions, sourcing and getting started
  • Reference model interpretation, customization and deployment
  • Cross-industry integration, scenario creation and change management

Building a Business Architecture Baseline Leveraging Reference Models
​November 5, 2020

Business Architecture-Driven IT Architecture and Software Design November 19, 2020

​a Business Architecture Team 
November 17, 2020.

Special Mini-Courses

Establishing a Business Architecture Knowledgebase  November 10, 2020

The introduction of SAFe and other agile methodologies raised new questions about how business architecture fits and its relevance. Business architecture has never been more critical and it is in fact the gateway to organizational agility. This course articulates specific ways in which business architecture provides value to end-to-end organizational agility as well as agile execution methods. It then overlays business architecture onto the SAFe framework highlighting where it fits, and discusses the role of business architects with leaders, product owners, enterprise architects, and other roles. Finally, the course provides guidance on how to integrate business architecture into an organization’s agile efforts and build partnerships.

Key topics include:

  • The value of business architecture in enabling organizational agility
  • How to insert business architecture into agile methodologies
  • Building partnerships with agile teams and the role of business architects

Leveraging Business Architecture with Agile Methodologies November 12, 2020

Many organizations have had difficulty deploying a business architecture knowledgebase, dramatically limiting their ability to mature and scale the discipline and maximize overall value. One major constraint involves having a business architecture scattered across various desktop tools, which can draw more and more resources to make all of the relevant domain associations. A business architecture knowledgebase, which is built upon a formal metamodel, enables dynamic capture, analysis, interrogation, and on demand access by a cross-section of business professionals.

Key topics include:

  • Business architecture knowledgebase benefits, requirements, and uses
  • Formal metamodel definition and business architecture metadata management
  • Practical considerations including knowledgebase technology, setup, and deployment