If you are trying to establish a new practice for business architecture and business capability mapping in your organization, you will need to make a compelling business architecture business case? There is a famous saying, “one cannot cost justify architecture”, and while it may partially hold true in making a business architecture business case, there is a need to show real and achievable value. It may not all be quantitative but could be based predominantly a qualitative businss case for justifying business architecture.
Here are 5 simple steps that will stand you in good stead in selling the concept of business architecture and business capability modeling.
5 Steps to make a Business Architecture Business Case:
Demonstrate Value by initially applying business architecture and capability mapping concepts to high impact areas and transformation programs. Providing specific and actionable approaches, leveraging a simplified framework and practical methodology to realize immediate value should be a key consideration.
Link Funding to Capabilities rather than projects to instill the discipline of long-term capability based thinking. Funding capabilities will avoid two different projects building similar capabilities. This will lead to cost avoidance and accelerate time to market.
Mandating that all projects above a certain threshold need to leverage the foundational building blocks of business architecture and capability modeling will jump start the initiative
Executive Buy-In for the concept of business architecture and business capability model should be a paramount consideration. Executive support in word and deed will go a long way in cementing the business architecture and capability modeling discipline and will allow for building a solid foundation and long-term rewards
Conduct Training and Development to deliver “hands-on” practical sessions on fundamentals of business architecture and how to do capability mapping. In addition, hands-on working sessions on how to apply capability mapping to real business needs will add deliver immense value. A change management exercise may also be warranted.
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