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Stage Planning a Business-Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture

Published: 16 March 2017

ID: G00321942

Analyst(s): Brian Burke, Betsy Burton


Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders recognize the need to focus on business outcomes, but traditionally lack a structured approach to refocus their EA programs. Creating a stage plan will provide the structure to guide them in building a world-class EA capability.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Executing Business-Outcome-Driven EA
  • Stage Planning: Focus on Target, Frame and Plan


  • Leading Enterprise Architects Must Develop EA in Iterations, Targeting a Limited Set of Business Outcomes for Each Iteration
    • Identify Success Measures
  • Enterprise Architects Must Frame the Deliverables and Link Them to the Target Business Outcomes to Guide and Focus EA Development
    • Link Information Chain Dependencies
    • Identify Business Outcomes and Measurable Deliverables
    • Identify Actionable Deliverables
    • Identify Diagnostic Deliverables
    • Identify Enabling Deliverables
    • Identify the Operational Deliverables
  • Leading Enterprise Architects Must Focus Only on the Deliverables, Dependencies and Resources Required to Address the Target Business Outcomes
    • Identify Task Dependencies

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