Synergy between an interviewing technique and building a Business Architecture.

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Synergy between an interviewing technique and building a Business Architecture.

In considering one of the techniques sometimes applied to candidates being interviewed for jobs I was struck by the similarity to the discipline used in building a good Business or Enterprise Architecture.

In applying the SOARA technique the interviewer is looking for the candidate to describe a situation in which they found themselves. From there the interviewer seeks to determine what objectives were established to resolve the situation, what actions the candidate subsequently undertook, what were the results of these actions and finally as an aftermath what were the lessons learned and have they been applied since.

Within an architectural context I see synergy with a Business facing some situation raised through external market or financial drivers.

To address the situation a strategy is developed that encompasses goals and objectives. To realise these some action need be undertaken through the development and application of Business and Technical Processes. The outcomes or results of these actions can be assessed and measured against the original goals and objectives and finally the lessons learned are captured to feed and refine future activity.

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