Gartner Research

Avoid the 13 Worst EA Practices and Navigate to EA Success

Published: 25 February 2016

ID: G00300233

Analyst(s): Betsy Burton , Saul Brand


Despite best efforts, many EA programs fall from "best practices" to "worst practices." EA practitioners must be constantly vigilant and navigate away from 13 worst practices that could sink EA efforts. Here, we identify the 13 worst EA practices and what can be done to avoid them.

Table Of Contents



  • 1. No Link to Business Strategy and Targeted Business Outcomes
  • 2. Confusing Technology Architecture With Enterprise Architecture
  • 3. Focusing on the Current-State Architecture First (or Primarily)
  • 4. Excessive Governance and Overbearing Assurance
  • 5. Creating a Standard for Everything
  • 6. Engrossed in the Art and Language of EA Rather Than Business Outcomes
  • 7. Strict Adherence to EA Frameworks and Industry Reference Models
  • 8. Adopting an "Ivory Tower" Approach to EA
  • 9. Lack of Continuous Communication and Feedback
  • 10. Restricting the EA Team to IT Resources Only
  • 11. Lack of Key Performance Metrics
  • 12. Purchasing an EA Tool Before Understanding the Use Cases and Critical Capabilities Required by the Organization
  • 13. "We're Done"

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