I recently posted 10 factors to evaluate enterprise architecture processes. The reason I did this is that within the EA community, there is a lot of emphasis placed on what EA is, what frameworks to use, actions for the business, IT, etc., but not how to evaluate EA as an organizational entity and process - which I believe can shed light on how effective (or not) an EA function is within an organization.
Mike Walker posted an interesting response regarding the "ambiguity" of my original post. I did that deliberately for a number of reasons, with the main ones being: I had a lot to say about the topic; this is a blog, and not a book...:) ; I didn't know how my comments would be received; and finally, I was having a "brain fart" about the topic and just wanted to get the jist of what I was thinking out there and how it would fly, or not, in the EA and IT blogosphere.
Mike touches on some very relevant issues on what I was trying to address. From his post:
"...however I struggled with what the post was meant to address. A few things came to mind, was this to:
- Gauge the Health of the EA Organization
- Gauge the Maturity of the EA Organization
- Create Justification of the EA Organization
- Find Reasons to Disband"
The answer to this is all except the last bullet point, as I reckon that most of us have bills to pay and/or mouths to feed, so disbanding and losing one's job or client isn't exactly what any of us had in mind...:)
I'd also modify the third bullet in his list to "Create or Maintain Justification of the EA Organization." Like every other group, EA must continue to deliver value to the business or else it must be refactored, or, if necessary, terminated. The latter is worst-case outcome, and hopefully my expansion of the factors I present in posts to follow will help shed more light on this essential theme so that doesn't occur in most cases.
In the posts on the factors I presented that are upcoming, please keep the following in mind:
- I'm not performing a rigorous academic research study here, and my commentary is based largely on my personal experience and what I see happening every day in the field.
- Because my commentary is based on my personal experience and opinions, it also includes my biases on these issues. If you disagree, or have better or alternative methods, I am more than open to hear it via commentary, trackback post, or email.
- If you have or see other factors that I have not proposed, by all means, please comment or post your thoughts.
My initial thoughts are to expand the factors I presented in the order that I initially presented them, but I may skip around some once I get going on this.
Well, time to get started on the first factor, which I hope will come out in the next day or two.