The concept of
Enterprise Debt™ was created in 2008 as part of PEAF. It is based on the
concept of Technical Debt. Pragmatic EA Ltd has since clarified expanded and
developed the concept into a practical and easily usable methodology that can
be easily adopted.
Technical Debt only considered one type of guidance “Think
Long Term” in relation to IT Solutions (Application, Data, Platform,
Technology) - illustrated on the graphic with green lines.
Enterprise Debt™ takes this basic idea and expands it in 3
very important ways - illustrated on the graphic with purple lines:
It applies not only to IT, but
also (using MACE) to the Methods, Artefacts, Culture and the rest of the
Environment domain (such as frameworks and locations) that IT is only a
It applies not only to one kind of
guidance (“Think Long Term”) but to all types of Guidance (Values,
Principles, Policies, Standards, etc) that guide HOW we effect Transformation,
which includes the Structural Guidance provided by they levels above.
It applies not only in one phase
(Constructing) but in all phases of the Transformation stack.
In this way, Enterprise Debt™ sits at the heart of the
Governance & Lobbying disciplines which are the glue the makes the whole
Transformation cascade coherent and therefore effective and efficient.
It provides the concept, mechanism and practical guidance
that allows for problems or opportunities to be exposed (whenever and wherever
they occur), and for them to then be evaluated and raised to the correct level
for a decision to be made regarding their resolution in the full knowledge of
the implications of doing so or not doing so.