Determine which business processes are most critical to explore in order to achieve the goals presented in the Artifact: Business Vision. Consider the highest-priority and
highest-risk business goals, and then look for the business processes that support them. Be sure to look for business
use cases or business scenarios from the outlined Business Use-Case Model (in Task: Find Business Actors and Use Cases) that represent some
significant, central capability of the of the target organization or have large architectural coverage. Also consider
use cases that employ many architectural elements or illustrate a specific, delicate point of the business
The selection of business processes (or scenarios, which are parts of business processes) must reflect both
coverage and criticality. Coverage is necessary to ensure that enough of the business systems are
being considered. Business architecture concerns breadth, and coverage ensures a sufficient amount of it. A
few core business processes usually touch the breadth of the organization. Criticality, on the other hand,
characterizes the business processes with the highest priority. Priority is derived from important or risky business
goals, difficult or complex business processes, and new or vague business processes. Be especially attentive to vague
business processes-they might be vague for a reason. Investigating a vague business process often clears up much
uncertainty about the way different parts of the organization work together.
Also consider the business goals supported by the business use cases. Business goals that can be relatively easily
achieved or offer high returns (that is, most strongly support the business strategy) are a good place to start. The
business use cases supporting these business goals may have high priority.