Enterprise Architecture

A Pragmatic Approach Using PEAF

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Without a clear vision that the Enterprise can understand, agree and believe in, any attempt to increase one’s maturity will fail.

Here we set out the fundamental reasons (Goals) why an increase in maturity is desirable, the means by which we will achieve them (Strategies, Tactics) and what we must do (Objectives).

¨      The Goals of Enterprise Architecture are dependent upon and (should) support an existing Enterprise Goal (shown in grey) - to Increase the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of the entire Enterprise. If it is not, the first thing to do is to get the Strategy creators to either explicitly add it, or explicitly state that it is not a Goal. If the Strategy creators do not believe that increasing the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of the entire Enterprise is a goal, then they will not agree that increasing the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of the Transformation domain of the Enterprise is a goal, and so we can stop and go and do something more interesting instead.

¨      If they do believe that increasing the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of the entire Enterprise is a goal, then we can ask that they add a goal to Increase the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of the Enterprise’s Transformation domain.

Either way is OK. It is for the Executive Board to decide if these goals are required or not. If they do decide that these goals are valid and required, we can help to achieve them. If not, we will ignore them and therefore an increase in Enterprise Architecture maturity will not be required, for there will be no mandate to do so.

If these goals are agreed, we then can flesh out the Strategy by adding an objective of

“Increasing our maturity in how we utilise the Architecture Paradigm™”

using the Strategy of

“Supporting the Management of the Cost, Risk, Flexibility and Quality of Transformation

and the Tactic of

“Using Structural & Transformational models, Performing EA Governance and Managing Transformation Debt™”

 

Questions to ponder...

Are the goals of increasing the Effectiveness, Efficiency, Agility and Durability of your Enterprise defined in your Enterprises Strategy?

If not, do you think they should?

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