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Organize Your Enterprise Architecture Effort: Tips for Game Planning and Launching the EA Program

Published: 18 September 2008

ID: G00161237

Analyst(s): Brian Burke


Enterprise architecture programs that are getting started often face an array of challenges that put the program at risk. Taking a pragmatic approach ensures that the program launches successfully, allowing for course corrections later on as needed.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Planning Issues
    • Avoid Solving the World's Problems
    • Define Architecture Viewpoints and the Span of the Enterprise
    • Manage the Planning Horizon
    • Limit the Work to the Defined Scope
    • Find the Path of Least Resistance
    • Start Small
  • Process Issues
    • Avoid Leading With a Standard EA Framework
    • Define What Decisions You Are Trying to Make
    • Define the Process That's Right for the Company
    • Don't Strive for Perfection
    • Resolving the Great Debates
    • Use Only the Tools You Need
    • Keep It Simple
    • Know When to Stop
  • Execution Issues
    • Leverage the Existing Architecture
    • Leverage Talent From Across the Organization
    • Leverage Tools, Samples and Templates
    • Don't Shortcut Efforts on the People Side

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