Friday, August 21, 2009

What to do when waking out of an EA induced coma

This is an excerpt from Mike Rollings' interesting ComputerworldUK article "What to do when waking out of an EA induced coma".

The article takes Michelle Tripp's "6 Essential Skills for Exponential Times" and adds a bit of Enterprise Architecture flavor.


Make sure that they have a clear connection to business outcomes and things you truly want and need to govern.

If rules are being broken it can signal outdated thinking and the need for something different.

Real collaboration provides the ability to come to a common understanding -- maybe the existing rules are only important to you.

Assumptions, feelings of futility, and other phantoms reinforce status quo and are roadblocks to transformative discussions.

Stagnation - the lack of innovation and agility - happens when you become married to your phantoms.


Seeking out new opportunities is the essence of generating value.

Value of IT comes from being transparent about your business contribution.


Embrace varying ideas, collaborate vigorously and respectfully, assure that you tap into the variety of perspectives that exist.

Architecture is an active sport and requires broad communication and collaboration to be successful.


A lack of influence is probably a main cause of your EA coma.

If you focus on the problem, examine the decisions that need to be made and by whom, you have a greater chance of matching the way you describe the issue to the audience's context.

Behavior is at the centre of transformation - societal, organisational and personal.


Encourage transformation and new thinking. When the assumptions fundamentally shift, incremental improvement that addresses “change” is the less-able brother of transformation.


Help your organization create its future. Alan Kay said "The best way to predict the future is to create it".

Get connected to business outcomes and understanding the dependencies, implications and constraints. Be a leader, be a team player, participate and collaborate.

1 comment:

Alexander Matthews said...

I added this post because I particularly liked the comment that "T comes from being transparent about your business contribution."

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