Part Four: The way of an Enterprise Architect

Do you like your Enterprise Architecture?

Have you ever considered the possibility that you might like your Enterprise Architecture. Do you go to work with a smile on your face every day? Could it be that it means that your happy with the way things are going. Or are you dissatisfied with the current situation? Maybe it’s just an itch that you can’t really scratch. Then what is the problem, what is it that stands in your way?

Have you asked your self the right questions?

  • Do we really want the EA we’ve got?
  • What illustrious vision is it that could change our EA from where it is to be the key differentiator?
  • How can we move our EA vision from idea to reality?

Make a list of all the positive things

Have you ever made a list of all the positive things that the EA work and the architecture has brought with it? Try to be realistic and at the same time dare to care for the results implied.

  • What is good with our EA today?
  • What is positively bad with our EA today? (you know it’s bad but it’s good, like principles and the way people react to them).
  • Make your selves and others see the value in our EA by asking people to express the value they perceive.
  • Make a top ten list of all the things people disliked before we had our EA.

Change happens, dare to evolve

Every day change happens, the scope changes, the environment changes and time races on. You have to become part of the flow so set your goals high, but not higher than could be realistically reached.

  • Make your selves and others see the value in our EA by asking people to express the value they would like to see.
  • Re-prioritize your efforts to match those strengths and capabilities your really possess.
  • Move out of your own box and spend some time working with the non-EA folks on non-EA issues in the enterprise.

Enough is when your proud of your results

You have to know what you know and you have to know what you don’t know and you have to know what you cannot possibly know. If you know all that, then its possible to be proud in success as well as in the face of apparent failure.

  • Consider the pieces that you are really pleased with and communicate those to other people.
  • Don’t try to do more than can be done.
  • Remember that if the stakeholders are happy with the outcome then you have done a great job no matter what.

 

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