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Posted by Site Administrator on May 1, 2009
[Posted by Jeff Scott]
Over the past decade I have consulted with over a hundred EA teams and have seen all kinds of frameworks and models. What I haven’t seen in all these years is a framework that is truly consumer focused. And by consumer, I mean the EA consumer. Who is the EA consumer? They are the people that directly apply EA products and use EA services.
Given the significant issues architects have on demonstrating value, I am surprised not to see more focus on the actual consumers of EA work products.
Just like in any other business, when your products and services are in demand by consumers you know you have created value. In my corporate life I created and ran a consumer focused organization that included architecture. What was our measure of success? Demand for EA services. When project managers developed project budgets that included funding for solution architects or CIOs were willing to fund architects to develop their technology strategy then our “products” were “selling” and we knew we were adding value.
A four step process will get you started.
All of this isn’t easy, but it isn’t rocket science either. Take a day and lock the architecture team in a room with a big white board and get started. With just a little (sometimes painful) self-assessment you can come up with a consumer driven EA framework and start creating architecture that your consumers want. Then, you know you are adding value and so does everyone else.
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