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Manager's Guide to Business Scenarios (PDF)

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Please note that much of the same content is included in the Business Scenarios chapter of the TOGAF framework, which can be purchased separately or read online.
Business Scenarios were developed as part of the TOGAF Enterprise Architecture framework, in order to quantify and document business processes. As well as playing a key part in defining and developing an enterprise architecture, Business Scenarios have value as a tool in their own right. This guide explains them in that context. You do not need to be developing an architecture (though that always improves the prospect of a successful outcome for an EA project) in order to derive value from Business Scenarios.



A business scenario is a description of a business problem, which enables requirements to be viewed in relation to one another in the context of the overall problem. Without such a description to serve as context, the business value of solving the problem is unclear; the relevance of potential solutions is unclear and there is a danger of the solution being based on an inadequate set of requirements. A key factor in the success of any other major project is the extent to which it is linked to business requirements, and demonstrably supporting and enabling the enterprise to achieve its business objectives. Business scenarios are an important technique to help identify and understand business needs.

Additional Information

Reference G261
Author(s) Terry Blevins, John Spencer

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