Value Architect

Less than 44% of enterprise architecture organizations worldwide have defined metrics and even fewer are focusing their metrics on business outcomes. With the increasing demand to deliver business value through enterprise architecture (EA) efforts, the Value Architect certification program is aimed at professionals that are leading organizations value architecture initiatives in terms of value enterprise architecture modelling in order to find the right balance of resource investment (time, energy and money) between all of these deliverables.

The Value Architect certification program has been uniquely designed so that value enterprise architecture modelling competencies are gained and applied by combining classroom training with individual project mentoring in the participant’s own existing company projects. It is structured to build on the existing competencies of the practitioner and infuse a new way of thinking, working and modelling. This ensures highest level of knowledge transfer and skills building to meet today’s organizations cross-disciplinary competency requirements for professionals involved in existing enterprise architecture projects.

Learning Model

The Value Architect certification program is based on four intensive classroom training models supported with in-depth individual performance mentoring on a selected project. The hands-on experience ensures that the value management and value enterprise architecture modelling skills are applied within the following disciplines:

  • Measurements: Business measurements in terms of value and performance measurements as well as system measurements in terms of system key performance indicators (KPIs) and process performance indicators (PPIs), cockpits, scorecards and dashboards.
  • Performance: Performance expectations and requirements (e.g. service, process, data, etc.), performance drivers (external and internal), performance bottlenecks, performance measurements, business performance indicators (BPIs) and key performance drivers in performance maps, matrices and models as well as performance management.
  • Value: Value expectations and requirements (e.g. service, process, data, etc.), value drivers (external and internal), value bottlenecks/value clusters, value measurements, value maps, matrices and models, revenue model, value-based costing, value-based modelling as well as value management.
  • Strategy Modelling: Strategy matrix with strategic business objectives (SBOs), critical success factors (CSFs) and business competency groups and balanced scorecard map with strategic business objectives (SBOs), critical success factors (CSFs) and value and performance models.
  • Business Layer Modelling: Business model, service model, process modelling, business workflow, business and system measurements, business reporting in terms of scorecards, dashboards and cockpits.
  • Application Layer Modelling: Application component (e.g. logical/physical), application feature, functionality, task, application service, system measurements and data component, entity and services.
  • Technology Layer Modelling: Platform component (e.g. logical/physical), devices and services as well as infrastructure component (e.g. logical/physical) and infrastructure service.

LEAD Certification Schedule - Value Architect Roadmap

Following every 5 days of classroom training, each participant receives 0.5 days of Individual Performance Mentoring on a selected project.

Individual Performance Mentoring

It is only through mentoring and building on the existing knowledge that competencies are gained and applied. The Individual Performance Mentoring (IPM) is an integrated element of the Value Architect certification path to ensure the frameworks, methods, models, modelling principles are customized, adopted and applied in a real-world project setting with a personalized action plan. The participant will discover how to drive forth fundamental changes within their organization and to achieve the objectives set in transformation projects.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will become a certified Value Architect.

Value Of This Certification Program

At the end of this program, you will be able to work effectively and efficiently within:

Way of Thinking

Focus Area

  • Apply continuous business value improvements
  • Identify business, value, performance, IT, solution and technology requirements
  • Focus on IT solution development, build, configuration and testing
  • Focus on value issues and weaknesses cluster
  • Develop value and performance standards
  • Develop business and IT standards
  • Establish IT standards
  • Ensure IT integration
  • Ensure value measurements (across areas)
  • Operate, maintain and optimize IT solutions
  • Business Transformation & Innovation Enablement (BITE)

Relation to Strategy

  • Capture value expectations and drivers
  • Align value drivers to business strategy
  • Secure strategic alignment
  • Align architecture goal with requirements
  • Align value drivers to business strategy
  • Define enterprise architecture objectives
  • Define value innovation and transformation
  • Develop EA standards and policies
  • Identify measurements and reporting needs
  • Define transformation needs

Way of Working

Task & Services

  • Work with business owners and value stakeholders and executives
  • Identify strategic business objectives (SBOs) and critical success factors (CSFs)
  • Define business and IT standardization and integration
  • Define application, data, platform and infrastructure components, rules, compliance and security
  • Define application modules
  • Define information and data objects and system flow
  • Define value expectations and drivers
  • Design system measurements and reports
  • Select application functions, tasks and services
  • Select platform and infrastructure devices
  • Develop system cockpits, dashboards and scorecards
  • Develop application and data functions, tasks, services, flows, channels and media
  • Develop platform and infrastructure services, channels and media
  • Build application roles, rules and compliance
  • Deploy platform and infrastructure components and devices
  • Apply application roles, rules and compliance
  • Benchmark business and IT maturity
  • Set up process measures and monitoring
  • Develop value guidelines and measurements
  • Ensure value reporting and decision flow

The needed skill for abstraction level for a Value Architect

  • Concrete (tangible, existing and actual)
  • Conceptual (theoretical, abstract and intangible) the high level description of the logical
  • Context (situation, milieu/environment and perspective)
  • Descriptive and specification (explanation, depiction/sketch and portrayal often using a map, matrix and/or model)
  • Design (plan, intend and aim)
  • Execution (completing, performing and realization)

Way of Modelling

A Value Architect defines, develops and creates the following maps, matrices and/or models:

  • Forces & Drivers
  • Strategy
  • Business Competency
  • Revenue, Cost, Value & Performance
  • Operating, Service and Information
  • Process, Workflow and Rules
  • Service and Information
  • Business Workflow, Rules, Requirement, Measurements & Reporting
  • Value Measurements & Reporting maps, matrices and models
  • Application Roles, Rules, Compliance, Requirement, Measurement & Reporting, Service, Operating, Maturity, Screen Flow, Interface
  • Data service, maturity, screen flow, interface
  • Platform Service, Rules, Maturity, Distribution, Requirement
  • Infrastructure Service, Rules, Maturity, Requirement, Virtualization, High Availability
  • Solution Requirement
  • Business Case


  • Requirement decisions; business value drivers and IT value drivers
  • Scenarios decisions; value rules, flow and measurements


  • Enterprise-wide
  • Specific business area
  • Value/performance solution
  • Value/performance project
  • Value/performance flow

Way of Governance

The Way of Governance is the act of governing what exist or in the process of getting developed/deployed. The Way of Value and Enterprise Architecture Governance is therefore an essential part of developing a holistic and integrated value approach to verify and ensure value identification and creation for the organization. In the context of value enterprise architecture modelling principles, the course participant will learn to think and split their work into the relevant value lifecycle and enterprise architecture lifecycles phases.

Value Lifecycle

The lifecycle thinking is vital as it represents the course of developmental changes through which the value components evolve in terms of innovation and/or transformation as it passes during its lifetime. From value planning, value identification, value creation and value realization. It is however important to consider that the value lifecycle is often combined with other lifecycles e.g. process and or application:

LEADing Practice Value Lifecycle

LEADing Practice Value Lifecycle

The Value Architect can thereby work with the value lifecycle and its different set of steps/phases in which each phase uses the results of the previous one. It provides a sequence of phases and activities that interact with other objects and artifacts to identify create and realize the needed value.

LEADing Practice Enterprise Value Architecture

LEADing Practice Enterprise Value Architecture

Enterprise Architecture Lifecycle

The lifecycle thinking is vital as it represents the course of developmental changes through which the Enterprise Architecture objects and artifacts change in terms of innovation and/or transformation as it passes during its lifetime. From Enterprise Architecture analysis, Enterprise Architecture design, solution/project implementation and continuous Enterprise Architecture improvements.

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

LEADing Practice Governance & Continuous Improvement Approach

Career Path

Our curriculum is a professional and globally recognized career path built on international standards that are in use today. Our career path is developed to meet professionals’ and organizations’ need for cross-disciplinary competency creation and development. Based on a combination of the eXpert core modules, participants are offered the opportunity to specialize even further and certify in other Architect disciplines, such as the LEAD Enterprise Architect and Chief Enterprise Architect.

Target Audience

Designed for professionals with 3-10 years of experience:

  • Specialist: Value eXpert, Change Management Specialist, Business Analyst, Process Specialist, Process Method Specialist (BPR, Six Sigma, TQM and/or LEAN practitioner), Technology Specialist, Business Specialist, Software Engineer, Value Method Specialist, Value Architect and Quality/ Production/Manufacturing Engineer.
  • Consultant: Value Consultant, Business Consultant, Transformation Consultant, Change Consultant and Process Consultant.
  • Architect: Value Architect, Enterprise Architect, Technology Architect, Solution Architect, Application Architect, Process Architect, Business Architect, Service Architect and Information/Data Architect.
  • Manager: Business Manager Change Manager, Transformation responsible, Process Manager and Project Manager.
  • Director: Business Owner, LoB Director and LoB Owner.

Price €9,800 Euro (Excl. VAT)

This certification program includes:

  • 6 x 1.5 hours of digital pre-recorded sessions
  • 5 days of classroom training
  • Individual Performance Mentoring during the course
  • 1 Certificate

If two or more participants from your organization are participating in this certification program, you will have the opportunity to use your own value architecture models and thereby work on a personalized case for your company.

Location & Dates

Enterprise Architecture eXpert certification dates:

04-08 June 2016: Ottawa, Canada
12-16 September 2016: Washingston DC, USA
17 - 21 October 2016: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Value eXpert certification dates:

22-26 February 2016: London, United Kingdom
26-30 September 2016: New York, USA

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