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Why Write an Enterprise Architecture Charter?

Published: 18 February 2011

ID: G00210506

Analyst(s): Bard Papegaaij , Brian Burke , Chris Wilson

Summary

The enterprise architecture charter provides a clear scope and mandate for the EA team and its stakeholders. Creating an EA charter avoids many of the most common causes of failure in EA programs.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • What Is an EA Charter?
  • What Goes in an EA Charter?
    • Preface
    • Scope
    • Objectives and Metrics
    • Governance
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Related Process Integration
    • Deliverables
    • Communications
  • How and When Is the EA Charter Developed?
  • Why Is the EA Charter So Important?
    • Shared Understanding
    • Consistent Communications With Stakeholders
    • Mandate
    • Governance
  • What Are the Risks of Not Having a Charter?
    • Implicit Assumptions
    • Mismatched Expectations
  • Conclusions

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