Assess and Optimize EA Capability

Right-size the EA operating model to reap the benefits of EA: improve business-IT alignment, lower costs, and decrease time to production.

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Organizations with low EA capability result in:

  • Immature EA process and management practices
  • Poorly defined EA organization structure, roles, and EA staff competencies
  • Inadequate mix of EA tools, artifacts, and deliverables

Organizations with high EA capability result in:

  • Lowered non-discretionary IT spend
  • Increased ability to deal with increasing IT complexity
  • Improved IT agility to meet demanding business imperatives

Module 1: Develop a sponsored mandate for EA capability

The Purpose

  • Get formal sign-off authorizing the project execution
  • Establish EA’s responsibility and authority

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified and engaged EA capability stakeholders.
  • Determined organizational scope, i.e. responsibility and authority of EA.
  • Identified business drivers for optimizing an EA capability.
  • Analyzed organizational context.
  • Secured executive support and authorization to execute the EA capability optimization project.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Analyze stakeholders
  • EA Capability Optimization Project Charter Template.
1.2 Determine scope
1.3 Identify business drivers

Module 2: Establish a capability purpose and strategic direction

The Purpose

  • Define the EA capability direction and purpose

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Developed EA capability vision and mission statements.
  • Defined EA capability goals and measures.
  • Created EA principles.
  • Assessed current and determined target EA capability level.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Write EA capability vision statement
  • EA capability vision and mission statements.
2.2 Craft EA capability mission statement
2.3 Define goals and measures
  • EA capability goals and measures.
2.4 Create EA principles
  • EA principles.
2.5 Assess current state EA
2.6 Determine target EA capability level
  • EA capability assessment report.

Module 3: Document EA management process

The Purpose

  • Define and standardize EA operating model at the logic level

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Created an EA policy.
  • Defined EA management practices.
  • Defined interactions between EA management and other processes.
  • Defined EA capability performance and value measurement approach.
  • Created an EA Communication Plan.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Create an EA policy
  • EA Policy.
3.2 Define EA management practices
  • EA SOP.
3.3 Define interactions between EA management and other processes
3.4 Define EA capability performance and value measurement approach
  • EA Capability Performance and Value Measurement Plan.
3.5 Create an EA Communication Plan
  • EA Communication Plan.

Module 4: Design EA organization and roles

The Purpose

  • Ensure the EA function has authority over all areas of its influence to be able to direct and verify EA compliance

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Designed EA organization structure.
  • Defined EA roles, and required skills and proficiency levels.
  • Determined required EA staff capacity.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Design EA organization structure
  • EA Organization Chart.
4.2 Define EA roles
  • Description of EA roles.
  • EA RACI.
4.3 Define required skills and proficiency levels for EA roles
  • EA Staff Competency Management Tool.
4.4 Determine required EA staff capacity

Module 5: Standardize EA tools and work products

The Purpose

  • Standardize EA tools and work products to promote consistency across the enterprise

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Established the need for an EA repository.
  • Defined next steps for implementing EA tools.
  • Established the need and defined next steps to standardize EA work products.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Implement an EA repository
5.2 Decide on EA tools to be used
  • List of approved EA tools.
5.3 Define EA artifacts and deliverables
  • Updated EA Policy and SOP.

Module 6: Develop an EA capability improvement plan and roadmap

The Purpose

  • Plan to improve the EA operating model

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Consolidated and refined the steps required to roll out the target EA operating model.

Activities: Outputs:
6.1 Define EA capability improvement actions
  • EA Capability Improvement Plan.
6.2 Draw an EA capability improvement roadmap
  • EA Capability Improvement Roadmap.

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