David Grindlay


Principal Business Architect, Capsifi

With over 15 years of experience implementing software, I started my career as a business analyst in South Africa primarily in the financial services – insurance industry. In 2014 I moved over to Australia where I really started to observe the notorious gap between business strategies and project roadmaps as well as the downstream implications. More recently in my career, I have gained broader exposure to other industries (Retail, Financial Services, Government and Hospitality) helping to structurally decompose business strategies, define the business landscape and help project teams (Business and Technical) realise and align on their common purpose. Today, I consider myself a Business Architect, doing whatever it takes to help companies realise their vision.

Presentation: Develop an Object-oriented Business Capability Map – Hands-on Workshop

Business Capability is indeed one corner-stone of Business Architecture and becoming probably the most important domain of architecture that enables strategy execution and portfolio planning for transformation efforts.

Business Analysts and Architects can leverage Capability-based Planning to link the Objectives from strategy and ‘theme’ or ‘epic’ layers to the Solutions in portfolio, operations and ‘user stories’ and ‘acceptance criteria’.

Business Capabilities are unique and powerful due to being ‘non-redundant’ component of design. Therefore, the way we develop a map of them can make or break projects and organisations. Therefore, the methodology – and consistency – is critical.

I found Business Architecture Guild approach towards construction of Business Capabilities quite useful. I call this ‘Object-oriented Business Capability Map’ – as Business Objects are the foundation of Business Capabilities.

Side benefit: Business and Data domains of architecture get aligned by DNA – Objects structure Conceptual Data Model and Business Capability Map.

In a hands-on, collaborative workshop, we’re going to develop a Business Object Map and level 1 Business Capability Map of a hypothetical business (participants will choose the business) together.

BABOK V3 Alignment: Chapter 06: Strategy Analysis