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Enterprise Architecture Is Essential to Prevent Mode 2 Application Architectural Debt

Published: 17 November 2015

ID: G00292688

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Marcus Blosch


A common, but misguided, view among many agile and DevOps practitioners is that they don't need enterprise architecture. Agile and DevOps cannot succeed without EA; the only questions are what elements of EA are needed, and how much.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Unconstrained Development Builds Up Architectural Debt That Must Be Repaid Later, Limiting the Organization's Ability to Innovate Over the Long Run
  • Enterprise Architecture Must Deliver Lite Reference Architectures to Mode 2 Developers to Gain Business Leader Buy-In and to Minimize Architectural Debt
  • Use Principles to Provide Guidance to Development Teams in the Use of the Reference Architecture
  • Use a Collaborative Approach to Governance

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