The North Star Radio Show


STARTING JUNE 10th, 2021

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William Ulrich is hosting a new radio show called “The North Star” on Voice America Business channel.

The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, challenging conventional wisdom for how organizations can achieve their strategic vision. Many strategies are never deployed. The majority of workers don’t understand their organization’s strategies. The majority of executives lack confidence that their strategies will be delivered. Upwards of two-thirds of all projects underdeliver, are late and overbudget, or fail outright. Organizations are failing to deliver on their strategies and this show will explore these challenges and innovative solutions. Any business leader seeking to improve their ability to deliver on priority business strategies will gain insights into setting their north star and how to reach it.

Mr. Ulrich and his guests, which include thought leaders from business and technology fields, explore a variety topics that include strategy setting, innovation, the adaptive enterprise, sense-and-respond organizations, enterprise agility, circular economy, the cognitive enterprise and AI in business, the role of AI in business, enterprise risk management, business architecture in practice, information essentials, rethinking how organizations define and automate work, business-driven IT investments, heritage software solutions, and educating tomorrow’s business leaders in strategy execution.

The North Star airs live every Thursday morning at 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 3 pm GMT on Voice America Business channel. The show is recorded and available on demand. Hope you can tune in or watch on demand recordings.

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Thursday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

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Episode 1: June 10th, 2021

Charting a Path to Your North Star Via Strategy Execution

Content References:
Business Architecture: The Art and Practice of Business Transformation” William Ulrich, Neil McWhorter, MK Press, 2011.

One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization”, Dee Hock, Berrett Koehler, 2005.

Strategy Maps: Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcomes”, Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, 2004.

The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of the Enterprise”, John Henry Clippinger III, Jossey Bass, 1999.

Corporate DNA: Learning from Life”, Ken Baskin, Routledge, 2012.

Delivering on Your Strategic Vision, website statistical references, 2020. 

Business Architecture Quick Guide”, Business Architecture Guild®, MK Press, 2017.

9 Mainframe Statistics That May Surprise You”, Christofer Tozzi, April 19 2021.


Episode 2: June 17th, 2021

The Future of Innovation

Content References:
From Incremental to Exponential: How Large Companies Can See the Future and Rethink Innovation”, Vivek Wadhwa, Berrett-Koehler, October 2020.

The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future”, Vivek Wadhwa, Berrett-Koehler, April 2017.

The Failed Promise of Kenya’s Smart City”, Cary Baraka, Rest of the World, June 2021


Episode 3: June 24th, 2021

Episode 4: July 1st, 2021

Transitioning to the Circular Economy

Content References:
"The Circular Economy: A User's Guide", Walter R. Stahel, Routledge, 2020

The Performance Economy 2nd Edition”, Walter R. Stahel, Palgrave Macmillian, 2010

The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society”, Anders Wijkman and Kristian Skånberg, Study report at the request of the Club of Rome with support from MAVA Foundation

Sustainability Through Business Architecture: Part I: Circular Economy Transition Via Business Model Transformation, Traverso/Ulrich, Cutter Update, 2021

Sustainability Through Business Architecture: Part II: Circular Economy Transition Via Business Model Transformation, Traverso/Ulrich, Cutter Update, 2021


Episode 5: July 8th, 2021

Achieving Successful Program Execution: A Research-Based Approach

Content References:
Chaos 2020: Beyond Infinity”, Jim Johnson and Evan Sorensen, Standish Group International, 2018

"The Good Sponsor”, Jim Johnson, Standish Group International, 2016

The Good Mate”, James Johnson and Evan Sorensen, Standish Group International, 2018


Episode 7: July 22nd, 2021

Business Architecture in the Real World

Content References:
"BA Problem Identification - The Foundation for Root Cause Analysis & Issue Resolution", Teresa Garcia-Holm, Business Architecture Innovation Summit, 2021

"Capability Maturity Assessments - From Integration to Strategy and Beyond", Kelley Eckmayer, Business Architecture Innovation Summit, 2020

Using Business Architecture in Conjunction with BIAN Service Domains to Drive Business Value”, Andrew Semple, Kelley Eckmayer, Thomas Bata, Teresa Holm-Garcia, Business Architecture Guild, 2020

Business Architecture Quick Guide”, Business Architecture Guild, Meghan-Kiffer Press, 2018.

Business Architecture Industry Reference Models”, Business Architecture Guild


Episode 8: July 29th, 2021

Reenvisioning How Organizations Define and Automate Work

Content References:
Mastering the Unpredictable: How Adaptive Case Management Will Revolutionize the Way That Knowledge Workers Get Things Done, Keith D. Swenson, Contributions by Dana Khoyi, et al., Meghan Kiffer, 2010.

Business and Dynamic Change: The Arrival of Business Architecture, Edited by Keith D. Swenson, Multiple Authors, Future Strategies, 2015.

Business Architecture: Setting the Record Straight, Whynde Kuehn and William Ulrich, Chapter 2 extract from Business and Dynamic Change, 2015.


Episode 10: August 12th, 2021

Business-Driven Software Design

Content References:
How Things Work: The Computer Science Edition, CRC Press, Charles F. Bowman, August 2021

Algorithms and Data Structures: An Approach in C, Charles F. Bowman, Oxford University Press, July 2004

Wisdom of the Gurus, Cambridge University Press/SIGs, Charles F. Bowman, March 1998

Defining the Role of Business Architecture in Software Design, William Ulrich, 2020


Episode 11: August 19th, 2021

Breaking Through the Legacy Systems Strategy Execution Barricade

Content References:
Short-Term Tactical Approaches to Application Modernization and Rationalization, Part I, Don Estes, March 2011, Cutter Consortium, Business & Enterprise Architecture

Short-Term Tactical Approaches to Application Modernization and Rationalization, Part II: Solutions, Don Estes, March 2011, Cutter Consortium, Business & Enterprise Architecture

Information Systems Transformation: Architecture-Driven Modernization Case Studies, William Ulrich & Philip Newcomb, MK/OMG Press, 2011


Episode 14: September 9th, 2021

Episode  18: October 7th, 2021