This week as I spent much time navigating Vista Unified School District’s website, a picture has begun to come into focus for me as to how the various business services departments within our district operate. I have never looked that deeply into our organization, and I came across so many items that were very enlightening as to how our district is run. I learned more about how our district is run working on the assignment for this week than in all twelve years I have been employed by the district. To take note of exactly how many people each department employs, was very interesting. That number seems to correspond with the complexity of the functions and services that each department provides. As I looked into the details of each department I could begin to see the web of the workflow within each department. The service initiates here and then is moved along to this person who performs this function, and so on, until the service is completed. For most departments there are specific purposes and services offered or provided, a mission statement that aligns with VUSD’s overall mission, specific job titles to handle specific functions, a budget, resources available to assist in the understanding of the department functions and procedures, and specific procedures to follow when requesting, processing, working on, or delivering services within that department.
What I don’t know yet, is what the overall BA structure looks like. What guides and governs how these business services departments work together as one BA? If "Business Architecture is the foundation of EEA and drives all the other architectures to ensure that EEA focuses on the agency’s goals and strategies" (p.11), and if "... documentation of Business Architecture provides a valuable tool for illustrating and communicating the business of the agency to all stakeholders (p.11), then is it the LCAP (what our district calls our Blueprint for Educational Excellence) that is the formal BA? Do each of the business services departments simply follow the guidelines now set forth in that documented plan? That seems to be where the trail of breadcrumbs is leading. So, then, if that is the case, do the various directors of these departments meet regularly to share information and data, self-assess, revise procedures, and make overall BA decisions collectively? My learning this week has lead me to more questions, but I see that as a good thing, because each week my understanding is a little deeper, and my curiosity a little wider.
2014, M. (n.d.). Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook. Retrieved February 13, 2015, from https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/implementation-support-unit/tech-assist/education-architecture-guidebook.pdf