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Agile Enterprise Architecture Operating Model

Make your enterprise architecture operating model relevant.

Establish an enterprise architecture practice that:

  • Leverages an operating model that promotes/supports agility within the organization.
  • Embraces business, data, application, and technology architectures in an optimal mix.
  • Is Agile in itself and will be sustainable and reactive to business needs, staying relevant and “profitable” – continuously delivering business value.

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Critical Insight

  • Use your business and EA strategy and design principles to right-size standardized operating models to fit your EA organization’s needs.
  • You need to define a sound set of design principles before commencing with the design of your EA organization.
  • The EA operating model structure should be rigid but pliable enough to fit the needs of the stakeholders it provides services to.
  • A phased approach and a good communication strategy is key to the success of the new EA organization.
  • Start with one group and work out the hurdles before rolling it out organization-wide.
  • Make sure that you communicate regularly on wins but also on hurdles and how to overcome them.

Impact and Result

  • The organization design approach proposed will aim to provide twofold agility: the ability to stretch and shrink depending on business requirements and the promotion of agility in architecture delivery.
  • By recognizing that agility comes in different flavors, organizations using more traditional design patterns will also benefit from the approach advocated by this blueprint.

Agile Enterprise Architecture Operating Model

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out create an Agile EA operating model to execute the EA function, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Design your EA operating model

You need to define a sound set of design principles before commencing with the design of your EA organization.

2. Define your EA organizational structure

The EA operating model structure should be rigid but pliable enough to fit the needs of the stakeholders it provide services to.

3. Implement the EA operating model

A phased approach and a good communications strategy are key to the success of the new EA organization.


Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.

9.8/10


Overall Impact

$16,466


Average $ Saved

15


Average Days Saved

Client

Experience

Impact

$ Saved

Days Saved

Knauf Information Services GmbH

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

10

Bird Construction Company

Guided Implementation

10/10

$6,000

10

CAF - Corporacion Andina de Fomento

Guided Implementation

10/10

$12,399

20

State of North Dakota

Guided Implementation

10/10

$30,999

20

Washington State Department of Ecology

Workshop

9/10

$30,999

50

Association of American Medical Colleges

Workshop

10/10

$125K

50

Hydro-Quebec

Workshop

9/10

$100K

100

Strathcona County Alberta

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A


Onsite Workshop: Agile Enterprise Architecture Operating Model

Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: EA Function Design

The Purpose

Identify how EA looks within the organization and ensure all the necessary skills are accounted for within the function.

Key Benefits Achieved

EA is designed to be the most appropriately placed and structured for the organization.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Place the EA department.

  • EA organization design
1.2

Define roles for each team member.

  • Role-based skills and competencies
1.3

Find internal and external talent.

  • Talent acquisition strategy
1.4

Create job descriptions with required proficiencies.

  • Job descriptions

Module 2: EA Engagement Model

The Purpose

  • Create a thorough engagement model to interact with stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of each process within the engagement model.
  • Create stakeholder interaction cards to plan your conversations.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Define each engagement process for your organization.

  • EA Operating Model Template
2.2

Document stakeholder interactions.

  • EA Stakeholder Engagement Model Template

Module 3: EA Governance

The Purpose

  • Develop EA boards, alongside a charter and policies to effectively govern the function.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Governance that aids the EA function instead of being a bureaucratic obstacle.
  • Adherence to governace.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Outline the architecture review process.

3.2

Position the architecture review board.

3.3

Create a committee charter.

  • Architecture Board Charter Template
3.4

Make effective governance policy.

  • EA Policy Template

Module 4: Architecture Development Framework

The Purpose

  • Create an operating model that is influenced by universal standards including TOGAF, Zachmans, and DoDAF.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A thoroughly articulated development framework.
  • Understanding of the views that influence each domain.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Tailor an architecture development framework to your organizational context.

  • EA Operating Model Template
  • Enterprise Architecture Views Taxonomy

Module 5: Operational Plan

The Purpose

  • Create a change management and communication plan or roadmap to execute the operating model.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Build a plan that takes change management and communication into consideration to achieve the wanted benefits of an EA program.
  • Effectively execute the roadmap.

Activities

Outputs

5.1

Create a sponsorship action plan.

  • Sponsorship Action Plan
5.2

Outline a communication plan.

  • EA Communication Plan Template
5.3

Execute a communication roadmap.

  • EA Roadmap

About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.

Member Rating

9.8/10
Overall Impact

$16,466
Average $ Saved

15
Average Days Saved

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve.

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What Is a Blueprint?

A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your IT problems.

Each blueprint can be accompanied by a Guided Implementation that provides you access to our world-class analysts to help you get through the project.

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Get the help you need in this 3-phase advisory process. You'll receive 9 touchpoints with our researchers, all included in your membership.

Guided Implementation #1 - Design your EA operating model
  • Call #1 - Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.
  • Call #2 - Assess current maturity.
  • Call #3 - Identify target-state capabilities.

Guided Implementation #2 - Define your EA organizational structure
  • Call #1 - identify relationship between current initiatives and capabilities.
  • Call #2 - Create initiative profiles.

Guided Implementation #3 - Implement the EA operating model
  • Call #1 - Identify strategy risks.
  • Call #2 - Identify required budget.
  • Call #3 - Identify and prioritize improvements.
  • Call #4 - Summarize results and plan next steps.

Author(s)

Dirk Coetsee

Contributors

  • Cameron Fairbairn, Enterprise Architect, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
  • Michal Jordan-Rozwadowski, Vice President, Information Systems and Technology, Porter Airlines
  • Wayne Peters, Independent IT Consultant
  • Raul Vomisescu, Principal Consultant, Felmer Consulting

Search Code: 82001
Published: October 20, 2016
Last Revised: August 19, 2021

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