Going by the premise, what is not measured does not get managed, it is important to identify the measurable objectives for the Architecture function itself, so that it is well managed and its contribution to the success of the organization is...
This is a question that seems to come and go over time, like the ebb and flow of the tides. Everything is cyclical, and lately the cycle seems to be rising again.
How many times have you heard or been asked this question? How would you answer it? What follows is not meant to be the over arching answer, just some food for thought based on a conversation with a client and my own (admittedly) biased viewpoints.
“Enterprise Architect Steve Nimmons presents an Operating Model for Enterprise Architecture and provides some simple guidance for fixing a broken EA Function. (What does an Enterprise Architecture Function do, and is Mine Broken?”
Enterprise Architecture is the discipline not just for Enterprise Architects, it's the thinking process every business leader should master; and it's the discipline every mature organization needs to practice.
ZDNet The 5 'supertrends' of enterprise IT ZDNet In his latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution: How Cloud Computing, REST-Based SOA, and Mobile Computing Are Changing Enterprise IT, Jason Bloomberg says we are entering an era when agile...
For the second post in the TOGAF Demystification series, let's tackle the common topic of TOGAF to other frameworks. Over the years I've heard the debates between passionate EA's and seen the seemingly endless posts on LinkedIn and blogs on...
I explained to one of my clients recently that there is a perception of animosity between the Enterprise Architecture community and the Agile community. Both sides make assumptions about the other, often assumptions that are simply unfair. For example, many in the EA community think of “agile practices” as an opportunity to develop software without any architecture at all, while many in the agile software development community think of architecture as one of the “big design up front” guys who oppose their principles and practices. Of course, it is not difficult to find people who fit those unfair descriptions, but I’d like to point out how these two viewpoints are similar.
I believe that effective Enterprise Architecture must be approached from an agile standpoint.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Burton outlined her baker’s dozen of “worst” enterprise architecture practices. The EA methods that Burton said muddied efforts and missed overall business returns are as follows: