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Avoid the 13 Worst EA Practices and Ensure Your Success in the Digital Business Era

Published: 15 January 2018

ID: G00343827

Analyst(s): Marcus Blosch , Betsy Burton , Saul Brand


Despite best efforts, many EA programs fall from "best practices" to "worst practices." Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must be vigilant and navigate away from practices that sink EA efforts. Here, we identify 13 worst EA practices and offer guidance on how to avoid them.

Table Of Contents


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

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