Adopt 10 Universal Enterprise Architecture Principles

Create a foundation of shared beliefs for guiding the use of IT in constructing, transforming, and operating your organization.

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Without EA principles:

  • IT management decisions are guided by either employees’ personal preferences or assumptions on how these decisions should be made.
  • Ineffective decision making and higher governance effort required to control and correct decisions.

EA principles:

  • Succinctly communicate the organization’s intent as to the use of IT in building, transforming, and operating the enterprise and provide a foundation of shared beliefs that guide IT decision making across the organization.
  • Represent a key component of IT governance and should guide the development of domain-specific policies (e.g. security policy, procurement policy) that elaborate on particular implications of principles in specific process areas.

Module 1: Define Candidate EA Principles

The Purpose

  • Understand EA principles.
  • Create an EA Principles Group Charter Document.
  • Identify strategic themes.
  • Understand what makes a good EA.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Deep understanding of EA principles.
  • Charter document completed, making sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Strategic themes identified.
  • List of principles defined.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 “Fireside” chat about EA principles.
  • Confirmed workshop agenda and goals.
1.2 Draft EA Principles Group charter document.
  • Key strategic themes.
1.3 Identify key strategic themes for business and IT.
  • EA Principles Group charter draft.

Module 2: Elaborate EA Principles and Define Next Steps

The Purpose

  • Prioritize candidate EA principles by importance and relevance.
  • Generate rationale ideas for EA principles.
  • Generate implication ideas for EA principles.
  • Create a communication plan for EA principles.
  • Define next steps to implement EA principles across the organization and make them followed.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understanding of the importance/relevance of your EA principles.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the rationale and implications of EA principles.
  • Understanding of how to proceed.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Define rationales and implications for EA prinicples.
  • List of EA principles.
2.2 Create a communication plan for EA principles.
  • EA principles communication plan.
2.3 Create an operationalization roadmap to implement EA principles and make them followed.
  • Next steps.

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