In our previous blog we discussed the Waste Scan. We learned that making ‘deadly wastes’ visible in our processes, shows what activities can me optimized.There are several techniques that can be used in the Analysis phase of the DMAIC cycle. In this blog we will find out in what way processes add value. Previous blogs discussed different techniques of the Measure and Define Phase, and next posts will elaborate on other Analysis techniques.
Before and during the weekend, Brenda’s team worked hard to come up with an analysis for management.
Earlier today, Brenda presented their findings to the management team, who were more than pleased with the results. During the meeting they decided to follow the recommendations by Brenda’s team and they tasked James with the appropriate actions.
In the meantime, her “target architecture team” may need an additional push to get going again. They have been researching policy documents, attending management meetings and researching modern EA strategies by industry analysts such as Gartner. The output has been minimal, but Brenda isn’t worried too much yet. They’ll get there, some extra “thinking time” might be a good thing as the most crazy ideas will have faded to the background.
It does not take long to extend Brenda’s team: since she had such “good press” in the last few weeks, people are eager to join in. Management is a bit careful though, given that:
The three weeks since the sessions with management are almost up, and Brenda has heard via her sponsor that the teams are well under way on the strategy work and that the expectation is that all teams will finish in time for the next workshop as agreed. As usual, Brenda is expected to handle the agenda for the workshops and she now has been assigned a management assistant for handling room reservations, meeting invitations, arranging drinks etcetera.
Many organizations with large legacy application landscapes can no longer postpone a major overhaul of their IT. But how do you avoid creating tomorrow’s legacy today all over again? And how do you spend your IT dollars/euros in the most sensible way? Next to appropriate design and development practices (e.g. enterprise architecture, agile and DevOps, as we addressed in our previous blog) you need to manage your application portfolio as a whole, to decide where it is most important to invest.
When work on the business function model / capability map is well underway, Brenda is confident that she can promise management a first product to be delivered in a few weeks’ time. She has organized weekly meetings with the team for updates and reviews and things seem to move along at a slow, albeit steady pace. This frees up her hands for the next topic to be addressed: where are we going?
Sharing knowledge and good practices is one of the core values of BiZZdesign. We regularly organize and contribute to online and offline seminars, conferences and round tables. Recently there was a very successful seminar on Enterprise Risk and Security Architecture for Dutch financial institutions. After presentations on “Security is not an IT problem”, the lacking relations between policies and measures in many organization, we had a World Café on various topics. Please share your good and worst practices by reacting to this blog.
Brenda the Architect has her work cut out for her: developing a baseline and target architecture for BriteLite seems like a challenging task. The organization is still in the middle of the transformation towards production of LED based lighting products for international markets and tries to get used to the new way of working with the consulting team. There has been some tension between the sales/ consultant teams and the production department over schedules, time to market and so forth.
Over the last few years, the popularity of ArchiMate has increased rapidly and steadily, especially since it got adopted by the Open Group. A quick search on google trends shows this nicely.