To be a successful enterprise architect, you must first establish the foundation for a sound approach. This requires a firm grasp on best practices, an understanding of how to deliver value, and clearly communicated goals and objectives.
If you are tasked with starting, restarting or refreshing your organization's enterprise architecture (EA) program, then your business is looking for leadership and direction. Your goal should be to improve the organization’s strategy and decision-making ability through the use of technology to achieve business outcomes.
Your first 100 days in the job will be critical to how you are perceived for years to come
“Thorough preparation, assessment, planning, acting, measuring and — above all, communication — can greatly enhance your chances of success, and there’s no time to lose,” says Jack Santos, research vice president at Gartner.
“Your organization will be counting on you to hit the ground running, and your achievements during your first 100 days in the job will be critical to how you are perceived for years to come,” advises Santos. “Use this time to communicate the business value of EA clearly, engage your stakeholders in regular, open communications and establish your credibility.”
Prepare phase (Days -10 to 15)
The initial phase starts before you walk through the doors of your new workplace. Take the time to understand what is expected of you and the EA practice, and what success will look like. Before officially starting your new job, review your job description and conduct an initial review of your organization's goals and aspirations for EA.
Connect plans explicitly to the organization's strategic investment objectives
“With this knowledge under your belt, you’ll be fully up to speed from day one and ready to begin building relationships with the key stakeholders for the EA practice,” explains Santos.
“You’ll also have the means to create your all-important introductory communications. Be brief, clear and consistent, and be sure to connect plans explicitly to the organization's strategic investment objectives, thus demonstrating that the EA roadmap clearly contributes to business success.”