The purpose of this activity is to:
Assess the status of the organization (called the target organization), identify improvement areas, and
document these in the Target-Organization Assessment and the Business Architecture Document.
Understand how to categorize the project and identify what business-modeling scenario is the best fit (see Concept: Scope of Business Modeling).
Make decisions about how to continue working in the current iteration and outline how to work in subsequent
iterations with the business-modeling artifacts.
Develop a preliminary understanding of the objectives (a Business Vision) of the target organization that can be agreed
upon by the stakeholders and the business-modeling team.
This commences with an assessment of the organization. The goal is to delimit the business-modeling effort. The
assessment might be performed at varying levels of effort and detail. The amount of effort you invest depends upon the
reason for change. The results of the assessment, including the current status of the organization, reasons for change,
problems, and improvement areas are documented in the Target-Organization Assessment.
While performing the assessment, it might be necessary to maintain a list of commonly used terms and definitions, which
are captured in the Business Glossary. It might also be necessary to consider the
business architecture and document it in the Business Architecture Document. Any business rules uncovered during
this process must be captured in the Business Rules.
Once the current situation has been described, the desired situation is captured in the Business Vision. The problem to be solved or opportunity to be
exploited must be well defined. It is essential to set clear, realistic business-modeling objectives in order to
determine the right scope and depth of the business-modeling activities to perform. A large part of this work involves
gaining consensus and managing expectations. The Business Vision must be supported by all stakeholders in order for the
business-modeling effort to have any chance of success.
While defining objectives and setting expectations for the business-modeling effort, Business Goals may be uncovered. These must be documented because
they will later be used to validate Business Use Cases.
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