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

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

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.


January 10, 2022 61 min

Welcome to the first episode of our season 2! Today we are talking about the Solution Lifecycle in architecture - what it is and why it is important to you.

Architecture development and analysis does not happen in a vacuum, but are embedded in a lifecycle. New tools like Process Mining and Task Mining make it sound as if you don’t need other tools and techniques anymore, but quite the opposite is the case - traditional analysis tec...

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Thank you so much for supporting and growing this podcast over our first 6 months. In Season 1, we covered foundational topics like how to implement an architecture tool and dipped our toes into interviews with thought leaders in the architecture and process management field.

And now, welcome to season 2 of the What's Your Baseline podcast, where we take it to the next level!

My name is Roland Woldt.

And I’m J-M Erlendson. This...

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December 13, 2021 51 min

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...
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    December 6, 2021 63 min

    Ahh, "governance" - the topic that is boring to death and had complete EA groups being fired.

    Love it or not, setting up the "rules of engagement" is still an important piece in an organization. And you can do it while having some fun when you remember the points that we are talking about in this episode:

  • Role of governance in architecture activities and how it was seen in the past
  • Archetypes of architects - governan...
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    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, w...

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    November 8, 2021 59 min

    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 ste...

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    October 25, 2021 56 min

    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 wit...

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    October 11, 2021 67 min

    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...
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    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...

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    September 13, 2021 68 min

    Welcome to episode 5 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. Today we are talking about:

  • Definitions: Frameworks (structures), Methods (processes), Notations (languages), Reference Content (content)
  • How to implement these? This is part of the Technical Governance implementation phase; write it down in your EA Strategy document
  • Document your standards. When and how to change the standards (too often diminishes trust; org Change Mgmt / so...
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    Welcome to episode 4 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast. We are talking about:

  • Types of architecture tools: drawing tools, implementation front ends, database-driven architecture tools
  • How users see things: data-driven visualization vs. visualization-driven data (tables vs diagrams)
  • Focus of architecture tools > niche vendors - your stakeholder needs drive the focus
  • What to look for when selecting tools:
    How do you get started (pe...
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    Welcome to episode 3 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast.

    The topic of this episode is how to implement your architecture tool(s). We are talking about:

  • What do people look for when buying an architecture tool?
  • What is the end perspective on the architecture tool implementation?
  • The importance of personas and the value proposition for them - outside-in perspective
  • Four big steps of implementing an architecture tool - inside-out perspe...
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    Welcome to episode 2 of the What’s Your Baseline podcast.

    In this episode we are covering the topic of “Why BPM and EA?” and why these two topics might not be even different, but rather be the two sides of  the same coin.

    We are discussing the following topics:

  • Terminology
  • Four phases of process management
  • History of EA as a practice
  • How organizations practice these two topics and where the discipline moves towards to
  • The merge of Stra...
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    Welcome to the inaugural episode of the What's Your Baseline podcast. We're glad that you join us!

    In this episode we are talking about us -your hosts Roland Woldt and J-M Erlendson- and our journeys in enterprise architecture and business process management, so that you get familiar with our voices and background.

    It also covers the challenges that we've seen when clients want to stand up these capabilities, as well as...

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    Have you ever been confused by jargon-y architect language? Things like "TOGAF", "BPMN", and "UML" - what do they mean, and why do they matter? Or suffered through a system implementation that had a lot of upfront planning, but ended up with scope creep?

    Welcome to the What's Your Baseline podcast, where we explore these topics and more. Each episode, we’ll be diving into a topic that is relevant for yo...

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