WHY is EA broken?

Responding to my colleague Neil Rerup from his post yesterday:


EA has never been broken as it was never working to start with.  EA was a metaphor applied to a discipline that is still emerging.  The problem however is that EA was assigned by default to IT function (MIS when it was originally developed) due to its origins.  Years later the discipline is still maturing however, EA still does not have the right home or sponsors that understand the metaphor.

If we fully implemented the metaphor the EA Function would have specialists –like dwelling architecture practices that have HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, etc.– in all the aspects of enterprise design (e.g., Organizational Design, Finance, IT, Marketing, Strategy, etc.) reporting to a chief architecture officer that directly reports to the CEO (The Client) who with the rest of his direct reports defines how the desired enterprise should be within the constraints they have.  Its up to the EA function to advise, offer alternatives, and implement such designs once directed.  Hmm sounds like a real architecture practice.

This infers though two things 1) Executive Recognition of the need to “design and build and enterprise with the same level of precision that engineers provide in other design and engineering professions 2) The discipline is mature enough to integrate all these dimension into a set of plans that have some referential integrity (i.e., holistic ). https://briankseitz.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/discipline-maturity-lifecycle-enterprsie-architecture-example/

About briankseitz
I live in PacNW in a small town and work for Microsoft as a Enterprise strategy and architecture SME. I enjoy solving big complex problems, cooking and eating, woodworking and reading. I typically read between 4-8 business and technology books a month.

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