Conexiam has established a strong practice of developing architecture in a predictable manner adapting the strong practices of an agile approach – a product owner, backlog and discrete work product.
On the consulting side, we build straightforward, executable and repeatable enterprise architecture and solution architecture. A central element to a high functioning EA team is clarity of purpose.
Understanding the purpose of the architecture engagement, and what information is required allows Conexiam to tailor the architecture deliverables. Conexiam has developed a Predictable EA approach using fixed periods of time with known deliverables and work product.
Central purposes of enterprise architecture
Typically, there are four broad purposes of an EA Capability:
- EA to support Strategy: provide an end-to-end target architecture, and develop roadmaps of change over longer time periods. In this context, architecture is used to identify change initiatives and supporting portfolio and programs.
- EA to support Portfolio: Deliver EA to support cross-functional, multi-phase, and multi-project change initiatives. In this context, architecture is used to identify projects, set their terms of reference, align their approaches, identify synergies, and govern their execution.
- EA to support Project: Deliver EA to support the Enterprise’s project delivery method to assure compliance with architectural governance, and to support the integration and alignment between projects.
- EA to support Solution Deployment: Deliver EA that is used to support solution deployment by defining how the change will be designed and delivered, and finally, act as a governance framework for change.
Effective usable Enterprise Architecture
We have observed that our clients’ business users want an effective architecture that is used to guide and improve operations. The fastest path to effective architecture is to leverage established tools and open materials.
We base our practice upon TOGAF. We extend TOGAF with Navigate and a set of open reference materials. We use Avolution’s ABACUS because it is the most effective EA analytic tool and EA Repository we can find.
In Person and Remote
We recognize that our projects require both on-site and off-site activity. Our investment in document sharing, workflow, electronic conferencing and mobile communications enables us to utilize resources responsibly. All of our staff members have experience working in multiple time zones across geographies.
We utilize our secure team collaboration infrastructure for work-in-progress, and make it available to members of our client teams as required.
Conexiam’s Predictable EA method uses a seven-week sprint plan to ensure predictability and provides clarity of what work is requested and delivered. Longer-term advisory contracts, require balancing client flexibility with predictability and clarity for all participants.
In each sprint, one or more deliverables will be identified and a breakdown of work product will be developed. Each deliverable and work product will have an accountable resource and due date.