Course Curriculum

Business Architecture Associates offers a series of in-house business architecture training courses. All courses are one day in duration, with certain recommended prerequisite courses. The primary core curriculum is typically selected as a starter set, while businesses may pick and choose from various specialty courses. All courses are one day in duration unless otherwise specified.

Business Architecture Associates

LOOKING TO GET CERTIFIED AS A CBA®?

Our Business Architecture Bootcamp™ provides a perfect foundation to sit for the Certified Business Architect (CBA)® exam.

The Bootcamp includes Courses 1-5 and is offered during our public events and in-house.

"The BAA business architecture training greatly helped me in obtaining my Certified Business Architect® certification. The knowledge I gained during the courses came flowing back to me as I took the exam. I also found the training materials to be useful during my studies. I would recommend that other business architecture practitioners take the exam as soon as they can while the information from training is still fresh."

– Maile M.

BASIC CORE BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE COURSE OFFERINGS

This course covers the basics of business architecture practice setup, establishing value proposition and governance, blueprint creation, and interdisciplinary alignment. It provides a comprehensive overview of the business architecture discipline and lays the foundation for the rest of the courses. Attendees of this course will have gained an extensive cross-section of business architecture knowledge and be prepared to move on to advanced courses focused on each of these areas.

  1. Business Architecture: Fundamental Concepts
  2. Business Architecture Value Proposition
  3. Breaking Down the Business Ecosystem
  4. Establishing a Baseline: Capability, Value, Information & Organization Mapping
  5. Extending the Baseline: Strategy through Initiative Mapping
  6. Inter-disciplinary Alignment with Related Business Disciplines
  7. Business Architecture & IT Architecture Alignment
  8. Business Architecture Situation & Scenario Analysis
  9. Business Architecture Role Definition, Governance & Sponsorship
  10. Business Architecture Infrastructure & Tooling
  11. Getting Started: Growing Your Skills & Growing Your Practice

This course delivers a comprehensive, industry-proven approach to building the business architecture foundation. The course focuses on capability, value, organization, and information mapping. Examples and exercises presented in this course are drawn from real-world case studies across several industries. When you have completed this course, you will have gone through the necessary steps to establish your foundational business architecture, including a capability map, value streams, organizational map, information map, and related hybrid blueprints. The course also offers a snapshot of what would be done to extend the business architecture baseline and discusses how to get started.

  1. Building the Business Architecture: Overview
  2. Capability Mapping
  3. Organization Mapping
  4. Information Mapping
  5. Value Mapping
  6. Extending the Business Architecture Baseline
  7. Architecture Tooling Options
  8. Getting Started with Business Architecture

It takes one set of skills to establish a business architecture but takes another set of skills to leverage business architecture to deliver actionable results. This course focuses on practice-based business architecture concepts and skills, from strategy through initiative definition and deployment. Attendees will learn how to exercise and integrate strategic planning, business model innovation, business design concepts, and product planning. The course also puts a context on business architecture and business process management, case management, and requirements definition. Attendees will take be able to see the end-to-end perspective of practicing business architecture.

  1. Extending the Business Architecture: An Introduction
  2. Strategy Mapping & Business Model Alignment
  3. Using Business Architecture to Turn Strategy into Actionable Results
  4. Product Mapping & Stakeholder Mapping
  5. Initiative Mapping & Business Performance Analysis
  6. Business Architecture, Lean Six Sigma & Business Process Alignment
  7. Business Architecture, Case Management & Dynamic Rules-Based Routing
  8. Driving Requirements Through Business Architecture
  9. Business Architecture Usage Scenarios
  10. Taking the Practice to the Next Level

There is no blueprint of a business. There is no corresponding blueprint of how the business benefits from IT investments and solutions. As a result, it is difficult to determine the impact of key decisions, deploy cross-functional initiatives, optimize key resources and funding, and streamline communication and deployments between business and IT. This course provides attendees with the ability to leverage business architecture to maximize IT investments. With a robust business architecture as a baseline, this course leverages the Business / IT Architecture Transformation Framework™ and its systematic approach to business-driven IT architecture transformation. Attendees will reassess how they pursue IT planning, investments, and solution delivery in practical and insightful ways.

  1. Business / IT Architecture Alignment: Overview
  2. Business Strategy vs. Reality: Impacts of Misalignment
  3. Business-Driven, Business / IT Architecture Alignment
  4. Role of Business Architecture in Business / IT Architecture Alignment
  5. Business / IT Architecture Mapping
  6. Business-Driven, IT Portfolio Planning & Roadmap Creation
  7. Business-Driven, IT Solution Definition
  8. Business / IT Architecture Alignment Execution Approaches
  9. Business / IT Architecture Alignment Scenarios
  10. Getting Started with Business / IT Architecture Alignment

Once the value of business architecture is demonstrated within an organization, the next step is to formally establish the practice and role within the organization. This course describes how to establish and mature all aspects of a business architecture practice, such as defining the value proposition and measuring value, creating a roadmap for the practice, defining governance, selecting tools, and defining organizational structures. It also covers critical success factors and everyday challenges. This course is beneficial for anyone who is just starting to establish a business architecture practice within their organization or for those who are already on the journey. Attendees will learn a practical approach to building, socializing, and scaling a business architecture practice, and will use templates and approaches that can be applied to jumpstart their practices.

  1. Life Cycle of a Business Architecture Practice
  2. Getting Started: The Roadmap to a Business Architecture Practice
  3. The Value of Business Architecture
  4. Components of a Business Architecture Practice
  5. Business Architecture Management and Governance
  6. Business Architect Role
  7. Business Architecture Team Structure
  8. Business Architecture Practice Value Measurement
  9. Business Architecture Practice Integration
  10. A Maturity-Based Approach to Business Architecture Practice Planning
  11. Critical Success Factors and Challenges

Once the foundational knowledge and skills have been attained from other business architecture courses, they can be put within the context for practical application. This course provides an end-to-end methodology for applying business architecture in various scenarios. It describes key activities to be performed as well as the inputs, outputs, and roles involved with each. This course provides scenario-based case studies and an opportunity for hands-on application. It also provides tips for creating a business architecture playbook to ensure consistency. Attendees will gain hands-on experience and ideas for how to fully leverage business architecture within their organizations.

  1. The Business Architecture Value Stream
  2. Business Architecture Scenarios
  3. Applying the Business Architecture Value Stream to Scenarios
  4. Key Deliverables to Represent Change: Target Architectures and Strategic Roadmaps
  5. The Business Architecture Value Stream In Action: Cases Studies and Practice
  6. Business Architecture Playbook Creation

Engages attendees with in-depth, capability mapping sessions. The main deliverable is a high-level capability map aligned to the business model for a given business, along with definitions for selected capabilities. Deliverables provide a robust starting point for a business architecture practice. At the end of the sessions, the team will have created a level 1 / level 2 capability map, with related definitions for their business. The session focuses on unique capabilities for a given business and, therefore, requires knowledge of the business model at hand. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational prerequisite combined with the workshop.

  1. Build hands-on experience with capability mapping for a given business model
  2. Apply capability mapping disciplines in a real-life business scenario
  3. Establish a baseline capability map

Engages the team in in-depth value stream mapping sessions. The main deliverable is a set of value streams aligned to the business model for a given business, with selected drill-down on a given subset of value streams. Deliverables provide an excellent starting point for an in-house business architecture practice. At the end of the sessions, the team will have mapped out selected externally and internally triggered value streams and related content. In addition, attendees will more fully articulate a subset of these value streams. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational prerequisite combined with the workshop.

  1. Build hands-on experience with value stream mapping for a given business model
  2. Apply value mapping disciplines in a real-life business scenario
  3. Establish a baseline set of value streams, and additional detail for selected value streams

Engages attendees in reviewing their current capability map against industry principles and best practices, hands-on rework and/or expansion of the capability map, and confirmation of the next steps for finalization and rollout. The results ensure a robust and industry-aligned foundation for an organization's business architecture. This workshop is also beneficial in organizations where multiple competing capability maps exist but need to be reconciled into one enterprise view.

The existing capability map should be provided in advance for the BAA review. This session focuses on unique capabilities for a given business and, therefore, requires knowledge of the business model at hand. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational prerequisite combined with the workshop.

  1. Identify areas within the current capability map that require improvement or expansion
  2. Make all (or a sample) identified changes, producing a revised or new capability map
  3. Determine the next steps required to finalize the capability map, realign other knowledgebase content to it (e.g., value streams, applications), and roll out the changes

Engages attendees in reviewing their current value streams against industry principles and best practices, hands-on rework, and/or expansion of a core subset of value streams and confirmation of next steps for finalization and rollout. It also includes a sample capability cross-mapping exercise. The results ensure a robust and industry-aligned foundation for an organization's business architecture.

The existing value streams should be provided in advance for the BAA review. This workshop is only offered in-house. All attendees must have attended BAA Course 2 or another educational prerequisite combined with the workshop.

  1. Identify areas for improvement or expansion with the current set of value streams
  2. Make all (or a sample) identified changes, producing revised or new value streams
  3. Determine the next steps required to finalize the value streams, realign other knowledgebase content to them (e.g., capabilities), and roll out the changes

The custom workshop option provides individual organizations with the ability to frame the agenda for an open workshop that will provide specific deliverable results for them. Topics vary widely but may include establishing or maturing a business architecture, engaging in end-to-end strategy-to-solution business scenarios, and framing and advising on a wide variety of business architecture topics.

  1. Learn how to apply techniques and approaches learned in basic and advanced business architecture training courses to specific business scenarios
  2. Extend the learning experience by applying business architecture skills to scenarios unique to a given industry or organization
  3. Produce usable deliverables that may be incorporated directly into an individual's or a team's in-house practice

This two-day interactive workshop provides the basics of facilitation—a complementary skill set to business architecture. Developing a business architecture requires teams to create, revise, and get approval on objects and artifacts throughout the journey. In each one, the facilitator must keep people engaged, elicit the necessary information, create a shared understanding, and get decisions made all while keeping them focused on the desired goal. This is not an easy task. In this workshop, attendees will learn to design purposeful meetings that are key to business architecture. They will have hands-on practice with powerful models and tools to use in meetings for decision-making, issue resolution, keeping the team on-topic, and engaged.

  1. Create a meeting plan that will get results
  2. Discover and apply mental models that enhance collaboration
  3. Practice new skills for helping teams tackle real issues, stay on topic, and make the decisions
  4. Uncover areas of continued learning through facilitation practice and feedback

This one-day architecture workshop benefits business and enterprise architects and managers, ranging from novices to experts. The course's focus is to provide an architectural overview that provides an understanding of the "big picture" and how their architectural efforts fit into that context. The workshop explores the traditional enterprise architectural domain of business, information, application, and technology, spending time to clarify the relationships between business, enterprise, and IT architectures. It also covers changes needed for architecture to be relevant in the new digital economy, including performance, service, integration, and security, to provide a detailed, holistic view of all the pieces, what they are, and how they fit together.

  1. Gain an overview of the principles, practices, and structure of enterprise architecture
  2. Understand the concepts, models, and vocabularies of different architectural roles
  3. Learn architectural principles and skills that can immediately be applied to your current role
  4. Understand the relationships between business and enterprise architecture
  5. Gain exposure to information, application, technology, and security architectures

This one-day digital transformation overview workshop benefits architects, practitioners, managers, planners, and leaders from novices to experts. The workshop demystifies digital transformation, providing an introduction to a wide range of topics. The workshop overviews foundational concepts, the new digital ecosystem, experiential engagement, new business and operating models, the new Digital Business Platform, the important role of data and cognitive computing, and the opportunity for architecture to define a new platform and clarify strategies, decisions, and planning. While part of the course is structured around architectural domains, this course expands (no duplicates) the concepts presented in the "Business and Enterprise Architecture: BFF" course to the subject of digital transformation.

  1. Introduce the full breadth of digital transformation to practitioners and leaders
  2. Articulate the opportunities Digital Transformation (DX) presents for your business
  3. Provide a foundational framework and architecture for building a Digital Business Platform and strategy
  4. Outline key principles, how to use the platform to enable new applications and business models, and ways in which to get started

This one-day architecture immersion workshop benefits practitioners and managers, ranging from novices to experts. The workshop demystifies the architecture discipline, providing an exploration of foundational, yet often misunderstood topics, focusing on the skills needed to be a great architect. Whether you've been an architect and want to sharpen your skills, you aspire to architecture, have just become an architect, or are unfortunate enough to manage architects. This activity-based workshop will provide practical principles, skills, and techniques for improving your job. The skills and fundamentals covered in the course are applicable to a wide range of architectural domains, especially business, enterprise, solution, and IT architecture.

  1. Improve the understanding and practice of fundamental architectural skills
  2. Enable attendees to apply architectural principles to improve decision making
  3. Master the different aspects of abstraction, contextualization, conceptualization, and visualization
  4. Outline guidelines to improve interaction with stakeholders

ONGOING MINI-COURSE SERIES ON KEY TOPICS

The Mini-Course series consists of 6 courses, each of which is delivered in a 3.5-hour session.

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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

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

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

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

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

SPECIALTY BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE COURSE OFFERINGS

BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE: AN EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE

The abbreviated executive training course provides a series of usage scenarios and vignettes for executives. The course focuses on the value proposition and includes a discussion on strategic value and governance.

BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE PRIMER

This 3.5-hour session provides an end-to-end snapshot of business architecture for those seeking to learn the discipline or associated parties interested in understanding the basics, but not practicing the discipline.

BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE DEMYSTIFIED

  • Business Architecture: The Missing Link in Delivering Actionable Strategy
  • Business Architecture In Action: Practical Guidance for Executives
  • The Future of Business Architecture: Where Leading Businesses are Going
  • Taking Action: Key Next Steps for Your Business

OUR TRAINING IS DIFFERENT

FACTORS THAT MAKE OUR PROGRAM EFFECTIVE

  • Business-focused
  • Aligned to A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge® (BIZBOK® Guide)
  • Modular, flexible, and unique
  • Led by experienced business architecture leaders with notable reputations and relationships.