Gartner Research

Six Best Practices for Enterprise Architecture Governance

Published: 05 February 2009

ID: G00165375

Analyst(s): R. Bittler


Enterprise architecture governance processes should have strong senior management backing and participation from a range of key players, including "naysayers." These and other best practices provide the sound governance foundation needed for a successful EA program.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • 1. Define and document EA governance authorities and processes in a formal charter, and ensure that they are well-communicated.
  • 2. Give EA governance teeth by ensuring it has a strong leader driving it, buy-in from senior management and appropriate flexibility.
  • 3. Ensure that EA content is well-documented, freely available and well-communicated.
  • 4. Review EA content frequently to ensure that it remains relevant.
  • 5. Involve SMEs and strong influencers — including detractors — in the EA content creation process.
  • 6. Use waiver request trends to trigger EA content updates.

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