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What's Your Baseline? Enterprise Architecture & Business Process Management Demystified

Roland Woldt / J-M Erlendson

This show 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. Learn more about the show and read articles about EA and BPM on www.whatsyourbaseline.com.
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What's Your Baseline? - Season 2 Trailer
Ep. 13 - Solution LifecycleWhat's Your Baseline? - Season 2 TrailerEp. 12 - Ten Things I've Learned
Here it is - the end (of season 1 ... no worries, we're back in January 2022). In this episode we are mixing up the format a bit and are talking about the 10 things that we learned in 25 years of  architecture and process management. Approach / strategy segment Let's talk about the bigger picture, the why and larger setup. What are the thoughts that get organizations started? Why: You’ll end up paying for it somehow. End of the line in people or risk.Don't do a "big effort upfront"Develop and create in releases / have a release planProcesses and architectures need to be measured Organizational segment Architectures win and fail with the people. If they don't want to cooperate or be involved you will fail. It's the people, stupidDo not separate areas of your architecture into different groupsRisk & Controls folks are your friends "How-to" segment Once you get started the task of developing an architecture seems daunting. This segment has a few tips to make it more manageable. Start small but don't settle on the lowest denominator - choose a tool and have a minimum set of artifact requirementsHave the full lifecycle in mind and don't get distracted by the latest techWhen developing models do this in multiple iterations (esp. processes) Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode12.
Dec 13 2021
51 mins
Ep. 11 - Governance DesignEp. 10 - Get the most out of conferences, trade shows, and webinars: Jose Pires
Have you ever wondered why you should go to conferences or be a speaker (and how to become one)? Our podcast guest today is José Pires, a veteran of 20+ years in the conference business and a leader in helping organizations to improve their execution and innovation excellence. José serves as Excellence & Innovation (E&I) executive leader and advisor for cross-industry organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 50, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of high value business improvements and innovations for the companies, business partners, and customers in multiple markets. He is an advisory board leader, keynote speaker, and chairman for  organizations and global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, culture, business and digital transformation, customer experience, exponential technologies, and growth acceleration. He is an executive Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused on Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego. In this episode we spoke about the following topics: Jose's background and how he came into the speaking/conference business as an introvert engineerThe fear of public speaking and how to overcome itGetting good at your craft (your purpose?) and learn to communicate about itThe change in the conference landscape due to the pandemic (disruption vs. dislocation)The objectives of participating in a conference or alternatives: learning, inspiration, networkingCriteria of good conferences (virtual and in-person)How to get started to become a speakerConferences as businessesWhat to look for when planning for attending eventsThe "Three Rs": relationship, results, and reputation Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode10.
Nov 22 2021
1 hr 14 mins
Ep. 9 - Task Mining
This episode is a "semi follow-up" to the last episode, where we talked about Process Mining - today's topic is Task Mining (aka Robotics Process Discovery). Task Mining will bring clarity into what your users do on a procedure level, and can give insights into what might cause a "spike" in your analysis, or fill the holes that you might have in a discovered / mined process (for example when there are manual steps or steps in a system that does not create a log file). In this episode we spoke about the following topics: What is task mining (vs. process mining)? What is the information that one gets from task mining?How to handle procedure-level in modelsThe "Big Brother" fear that comes with task mining, and how this is mitigatedBenefits of task miningSteps to a useful application of task mining (how to get to a good analysis)Hybridized setup of process and task mining - 5 steps to followVelocity and throughput analysis (frequencies and times) as a way to identify improvement and (RPA) automation opportunitiesWhat/if analysis in a process/task mining tool vs. (proper) simulation in an architecture toolTechnical integration of task and process mining tools; benefits of using BPMN in mining scenariosExperiences from a client project Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode9.
Nov 8 2021
59 mins
Ep. 8 - Process Mining: Julian Krumeich
Another Monday, another interview :-) Our guest today is Dr. Julian Krumeich, Software AG's product manager for their process mining tool. In his current role as Director Product Management ARIS at Software AG, Julian helps customers achieve operational excellence by shaping the future of our ARIS Process Mining solution - the ideal tool for integrated process mining with business process management. The close collaboration with key customers, global market analysts and his spirit of innovation enable him to define and implement the right product strategy to ensure customer success and contribute to the profitability of our company. Before joining Software AG, Julian worked for the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) as a researcher and project manager on innovative projects that combine AI and BPM. In this area, he had several speaking engagements worldwide, published research papers in high-ranking scientific journals and completed his doctorate (PhD) summa cum laude. We are talking about the following topics: Get to know JulianWhat a product manager doesWhat is process mining and how is it different than other process improvement methodologiesHistory of process mining tools and how things changed from experts to business usersFuture of process mining tools (omnipresence)Key features to look out for when looking for a process mining toolWhy Software AG’s Process Mining is different than the competition Julian can be reached via LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliankrumeich, and if you like to give us a follow there, we can found at https://www.linkedin.com/company/whatsyourbaseline. Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode8.
Oct 25 2021
56 mins
Ep. 7 - Import of Existing Content
Welcome to a new episode of your favorite podcast. The topic of today is to capture and import the vast amounts of existing content in your organization, and how to integrate this into your repository. The import is one of the four major steps of an architecture tool implementation that we discussed in Episode 3. Why bringing in existing content?Concerns: age of content, correctness, type of storage (project vs. Enterprise Baseline), integration into dev method/SDLC, document naming/versioningSize of import: number of models and complexity drive effortContent format: how to map the information to models, objects, attributesCreate catalog of to-be-imported content (> Notion)Five phases of import: preparation, initial import, create new model, normalization, quality assurancePreparation: catalog, database setup, filter/permission considerations, tool mapping (Visio), tracking and reportingInitial import: detailed look at what to import; automatically or manually import, use catalog for tracking, issues when importingCreate new models: BPMN Collaboration example, merge between different databasesNormalization: where does content go into structure (subprocesses, catalog models, etc.), object consolidation, adapting models to "correct" layout/standards (such as object naming)QA: modeler QA vs. central QA, semantic checks, macros, automated workflows; release and publish, communication Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode7.
Oct 11 2021
1 hr 7 mins
Ep. 6 - Agile and Architecture: Mike Idengren
In this episode of the What's Your Baseline podcast we are changing up the format a bit - this is the first of many interviews that we will have in the future. Our guest today is Mike Idengren, who has 20+ years of experience combining EA, BPM, and agile solution development methodologies to unleash cross-functional teams' potential to deliver on digital business transformation expectations. He is a TOGAF-certified SAFe SPC and instructor, applying "agile at scale" -- going beyond theoretical teaching, and delivering results by implementing "just enough" tools, organizational structures, and processes. We are talking about the following topics: - Mike's background and how he got into Agile - (Scaled) Agile as a discipline and its "big goal" - The layers of Scaled Agile and the roles that architects play in each layer - The value context: improving product quality, lowering risk together, and improving sustainability.  - How to implement Scaled Agile: leadership, start small, scale - Doing Agile in a remote environment (vs. traditional "team is in the room" approach); which tools to use and which type of (consulting) resources to bring on board - Governance and the LACE (Lean Agile Center of Excellence) - Mike's patent-pending "Lean Agile Blocker Index" concept - Lean Scaled Architect's offerings Mike can be reached by sending a note to mike@leanscaledarchitects.com and you can learn more about his firm at www.leanscaledarchitects.com. Please reach out to us by either sending an email to hello@whatsyourbaseline.com or leaving us a voice message by clicking here. The  full show notes, including graphics, further links, credits, and transcript, are available at whatsyourbaseline.com/episode6.
Sep 28 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Ep. 5 - Notations, Notations, NotationsEp. 4 - How to Select an Architecture ToolEp. 3 - Implementing Your Architecture ToolEp. 2 - Why Architecture and Process Management?Ep. 1 - Welcome! Who Are These Guys and What Is This All About?What's Your Baseline Podcast - Trailer

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