Real Enterprise Architecture Roadmaps don’t have roads. Use scenarios to manage uncertainty & the lifecycle of your roadmap.
Bill Brierley will be speaking at the Spring 2015 Software and Supply Chain Assurance Forum, a public-private partnership focused on information and communications technology assurance. This session will focus on Open Group Dependability through Assuredness (O-DA) Framework.
- When: 11AM Wednesday March 11
- Where: MITRE-1, 7525 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Interact.gsa.gov for more details on the event
Stakeholder engagement is the foundation of good architecture. In the real-world, stakeholder engagement is usually discussed as stakeholder management. All too often it is delivered as stakeholder manipulation, where the preferences of the sponsor or the EA team are sold. This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform real stakeholder management – weighing organization and stakeholder preference, internal and external constraints to obtain agreement to an architecture that addresses the set of stakeholder requirements. Real stakeholder management is effective stakeholder engagement.
In the Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Conexiam’s team leads our clients through an exploration of the stakeholders, stakeholder concerns, requirements and surrounding business motivation and context acting upon a current project.
This workshop is configured to every client – either using an actual challenge or a case study. In addition to exploring a challenge at hand, workshop participants learn a set of techniques and skills to perform effective stakeholder engagement. Many of the central skills are classic soft skills
- Stakeholder map
- Business Motivation model
- Alignment model
- Effective communication
Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Description
Conexiam’s team will lead the workshop determining the stakeholders, stakeholder requirements and surrounding business motivation and context on a current project. Conexiam will require access to the architecture initiative and supporting documentation to prepare for the workshop.
In order to effectively engage with stakeholders the architect must understand:
- Set of stakeholder & organizational preferences
- Sources of stakeholder preferences
- Major forces external to & internal to an organization
- Impact of major forces
In this workshop, you will learn a set of techniques and skills to perform effective stakeholder management. Many of the central skills are classic soft skills – listening, communicating, assessing and analyzing. Tools include:
- Stakeholder map
- Business Motivation model
- Alignment model
- Effective communication
Stakeholder Management Workshop Details
Workshop will be configured for your organization
- 1 day – in-classroom workshop
Case study with exercises that lead to a set of decision making guidance that
- Enable stakeholders to make better informed choice
- Enable project team to understand what must and must-not be done
In a case study participants will build an scenario based upon a set of unfair organizational challenges and constraints.
Included in the Course:
- Instruction by a practicing architect with emphasis on a case study
- Electronic copy of all courseware and exercise materials
- Electronic copy of all Navigate™ templates and public architecture tools used in the course
- References to relevant literature Φ
Φ Conexiam maintains a library of relevant literature used in internal development of our staff and consulting practice. The bulk of this library is from the Centre for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloane and the Harvard Business Review. Before this class the assigned instructor will review our library and select an appropriate literature. Where the literature is not publicly available Conexiam will acquire a licensed electronic copy for each student.
Stakeholder Management Workshop Critical Success Factors
For this workshop to be most successful the participants must be open to understanding that the stakeholders, requirements, motivations and context that are understood prior to the workshop may be without solid foundation.
This course must be configured for your organization. All Conexiam courses have point where the course can be readily configured and are based upon Navigate.
Configuration involved adjusting the existing structure to best reflect your goals and situations. Completely custom training is also available.
Configuration provides alignment between an organization’s existing architecture deliverables, EA & governance processes, and its organizational model.
- Provision of sample deliverables your organization uses
- Provision of relevant EA artifacts (goals, objectives, process models, organization details, pain-points, etc…)
- Conference call with appropriate members of Conexiam’s team
- Material review between workshop lead and customer
Ordering the Stakeholder Engagement Workshop
The Stakeholder Engagement Workshop can be ordered online or your organization
Or please contact [email protected] (Contact Conexiam)
Earlier this year, Conexiam was invited to participate in the Open Group Beta Test program for the Factor Analysis of Information Risk (FAIR) Risk Anaylsis method.
Risk analysis is a key element of risk assessment and risk management. FAIR Risk Analysis is a standard for risk analysis that treats risk analysis as a measurement process giving the risk manager the ability to produce accurate and repeatable results. By applying the FAIR Risk Analysis standard assumptions are made explicit and risks are expressed using quantitative metrics. Only approved assumptions and authoritative information is to be used. (An example of an approved assumption would be that employees are not expected to attempt to steal money from credit card transactions.)
FAIR Risk Analysis runs through four stages.
- Stage 1: Identify Scenario Components (Scope the Analysis)
- Stage 2: Evaluate Loss Event Frequency (LEF)
- Stage 3: Evaluate Loss Magnitude (LM)
- Stage 4: Derive and Articulate Risk
The method is very scope specific, for a complete risk anaylsis of a business many risk scenarios must be completed. Even in the scenario of risk of physical cash loss, several scenarios must be created. For example:
- Risk of external threat taking money from cash register.
- Risk of internal threat (employee) taking money from the register.
- Risk of external threat taking money from in-store safe.
- Risk of internal threat taking money from in-store safe.
The rigourous scenario planning that is offered by FAIR Risk analysis allows for detailed and specific assesment of risks, their capability and competency, and the knowledge for a business to decide what measures are necessary to defend against risks.
Conexiam offered insight & experience to the test, and all Conexiam participants in the Beta program are certified and ready to train FAIR.
Limiting stakeholders to the visible, the supportive and those whose power you want to see is common. So are failed architecture projects. Effective enterprise architecture requires you to identify real stakeholders and to ensure their real concerns are addressed. Even if they are hostile or indifferent. Business transformation, especially in finance and government, is filled with invisible, hostile and indifferent stakeholders – lets explore how to find and address them.
- Spotting invisible and hostile stakeholders
- Crafting an architecture that addresses the real set or real requirements
- When to wear body armor to meetings
Originally presented at the Open Group Philadelphia conference July 17, 2013.
Dave Hornford, Conexiam managing partner, joined a BriefingsDirect thought leadership interview at The Open Group Conference in Newport Beach, California. This panel looked at how how ArchiMate and the Architecture Forum impacts such trends as big data and cloud. The podcast has not yet been published.
Dave’s key statements in the briefing were as follows:
“I was very encouraged that organizations are talking about building cadres. With this path we’re building effective teams, not a few specialists in an ivory tower, but the core people of a capability. We must provide the method and the discipline of how we converse about enterprise architecture, TOGAF, big data, cloud, etc., so that we can have a consistent conversation. With this foundation I’m able to consistently describe my architecture, information, or business – I now have an asset that identifies, consumes, and produces value.
“If we don’t do enterprise architecture, if we don’t use a framework like TOGAF, or we don’t use the discipline of formal modeling, we’re going to create architecture anecdotally. We’re going to trip. We’re going to fall. We’re going to have an unending series of surprises where things don’t fit together.
“When we look at how our businesses are optimized, they normally optimize around work product, what the organization is delivering. That’s very easy. You can see who consumes your work product, who is next in a process. With information, you often have no idea who consumes your information. Big data, or any effective use of information, requires us to understand our information assets: including provenance, source, restrictions on use. Good enterprise architecture delivers this understanding so we can act.
“From the work done in The Open Group Architecture Forum with the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), SABSA for enterprise security architecture and the TeleManagement Forum, it is clear that the concepts in TOGAF work across industries and across trends. The next release of TOGAF is designed to cleanly separate the concepts from guidance so that we can be far nimbler in how we use TOGAF with current problems such as cloud, consumerization of IT, on-shoring or big data – and especially how we deal with multiple issues.”