This hands-on four day course interweaves elements of theory and practice to provide attendees with an interactive learning experience in applying business design (design, architecture and agile) to the development of an investment portfolio roadmap and backlog. The course is suited for those individuals looking to gain an understanding of:

  • Applying architecture and agile in a complementary manner

  • Developing strategic agility using strategy and architecture at the portfolio level of agile transformations

  • Where to apply design, architecture and agile to optimise time-to-market

  • How to design business and operating models to create and capture value

  • How to create more alignment in your investment portfolio

  • How to use strategic tools, capability based planning and business anchor models to develop the building blocks of the organisation

  • How to link strategy and execution with effective planning

  • How to develop a view of your investment that is based upon desirability, viability and feasibility

  • How to begin to plan for transition

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  • The course follows a proven method for business design using strategic planning, business architecture and agile ways of working

  • Participants will have the opportunity to work through a hands-on case study to build a business value engine, and align this to strategic, tactical and operational pressures across an agile portfolio

  • Understand how to create coherency and alignment in your business to reduce duplication of effort and costs

  • Identify the revenue and growth generating activities that are needed to deliver the required value to the customer and shareholder



  • Heads of Departments seeking to understand how to design for business outcomes in a more agile manner

  • Analysts and Strategists looking to understand the building blocks of business design and how to align this more effectively to an investment portfolio

  • Enterprise Architects seeking to establish stronger relations with business stakeholders and demonstrate alignment of their target architectures to business needs and budgets

  • Business Analysts seeking to improve career capabilities and deliver strategic outcomes to business stakeholders

  • Business Technology Partners and internal customer relationship owners seeking the means to form and communicate business and technology strategy with their business stakeholders

  • Domain Architects needing to improve their ability to express domain strategies in the context of business strategy and capabilities

  • Project and Portfolio Managers looking to gain an understanding of some of the tools and techniques required to view the portfolio through a business lens



Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the broader business design, architecture and agile transformation road-mapping activities and where to use which discipline for maximum impact

  • Understand the context for business architecture and where to use it effectively to enable organisational learning

  • Understand the structure of business architecture frameworks and their value to the business

  • Understand the different views to describe a business, how to decompose the problem space into a more formal structure and where influencers and value drivers impact motivation

  • Understand what is value, values, valuable and value proposition and develop a value model for the business

  • Understand foresight and strategy and how to translate strategic scenarios into courses of action using a strategy game board

  • How to describe value in a point in time using the industry standard business motivation model

  • Understand and define ecosystem models, business models and value proposition models

  • Understand how to define customer journey maps and how to link these define operating models to provide customer experiences

  • Understand what value streams are and how to define these

  • Build an operating model using capability based design

  • How to understand and plan for transformation and transition from current to future state

  • Determine feasibility and viability of investment efforts based upon complexity, value and impact

  • Understand how to define and prioritise an agile portfolio using techniques like Kanban, planning poker and NPV per story point

  • Understand how business architecture provides strategic agility to agile frameworks like SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework)