Business Architecture: A Practical Guide

PM World Book Review

pmwj16-nov2013-johnson-business-IMAGE 1 BOOKBook Title:  Business Architecture: A Practical Guide
Author:  Jonathan Whelan and Graham Meaden
Publisher:  Gower Publishing Limited
List Price:   US$79.95
Format:  Hard cover; 271 pages
Publication Date:   2012
ISBN: 9781409438595
Reviewer:      Larry L. Johnson, MBA, PMP
Review Date:              October 2013

Introduction to the Book

Enterprises are highly complex organizations and as organizations become increasingly global and broaden the scope of what they do their complexity continues to grow. Ever more government regulations, the rapid changes in technology and a variety of other factors all contribute to the growing complexity of the organization. The authors describe business architecture as a tool that in the right hands is an asset of strategic value to the organization. This is a guidebook to the most important practices in business architecture that are critical to providing value to the organization.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured into categories that conveniently convey the complexity of business architecture in very clear way. It is divided into six parts based on the business architecture layers. Within each part there are several chapters. Each chapter is structured so it can be read as a stand-alone text. The authors have provided a table that suggests which chapters you might be most interested in based on your role within the organization. This allows the PM to focus on those chapters most relevant to his role in the organization in which he works.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The concept of business architecture was new to me and I found that many of the tools discussed in this book will help project managers in understanding the complexity of their organizations. This could potentially be a critical success factor in many projects. A thorough understanding of the firm’s organization will help the PM identify stakeholders that might otherwise be missed. This will also help him understand the interdependencies amongst the departments within the organization and how they will be affected by the PM’s project. 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usapmwj16-nov2013-johnson-business-IMAGE 2 AUTHORLarry L. Johnson, MBA, PMP 

North Texas, USA

Larry L. Johnson, MBA, PMP is president of the PMI Dallas Chapter and has over eight years project management experience. This experience includes: consumer products, financial services, and logistics industries, managing database and application conversions, web based software development, call center management software, and tradeshow projects. He has experience working with both local and offshore teams. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and his Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University.

Email: [email protected] – Twitter: @LarryJohnsonPMP

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