Develop your EA Team
We spend over half of our time developing EA teams. Using a proven method to establish high-functioning enterprise architecture teams.
You can develop your team one of two ways:
- Do-it-Yourself (DIY) developing your team supported by our free resources
- Our EA Capability practice will speed up your team development
If you do not deliberately design your EA Team, you are counting on luck to create a complex organization. Evolution needed billions of years and billions of failures to pull this off. We suspect you don't have that much time.
What is your EA Team Purpose
Everything hangs off what your stakeholders want from an EA Team.
At our broadest, the EA Team will support strategy, portfolio, project, and solution delivery. They address the future state of the business information systems and infrastructure architecture. In this broad case, everything is a variable. The team is supporting the directional statements of the enterprise and frames key solutions. Very few teams have this scope.
At the other extreme, we have the classic IT-oriented architecture team. They’re primarily focused on the delivery of enterprise IT platforms, enterprise applications and infrastructure. The business and objectives are pre-defined. Or, as we say, a constant in the equation.
Your team will live somewhere between these extremes.
How we develop your team
We support you in developing your EA team by providing you our tools and techniques or by using our experience, tools, and techniques.
To develop your team, start with your context.
Are you being re-stood up or re-booted?
We start here because how we approach developing your team is completely different. If your team is being re-booted, you need to know why. How did your predecessor fail? What is the driving force behind the improvement?
Boundary of your Enterprise
What is the boundary encompassed by the Enterprise Architecture and EA Capability?
We need to know your scope. Do you cover all of your organization? A department? A set of organizations with a common mission? Your entire core supply chain?
How we will design your EA Team is different.
EA Team's purpose
What questions do you support answering?
High functioning EA Teams deliver value. Value is different for different organizations.
Are you facing special circumstances?
We need to know if something special is going on. Corporate Restructure or Acquisition & Retrenching. Digital Transformation. Financial crisis. Special circumstances change the rules of the game.
What is your Enterprise
What is the boundary of your Enterprise? Off-the-cuff, it sounds like a simple question to answer. For most EA Teams the question is hard. To answer you need to think about domains, your business operating model, and who you serve.
Conexiam Consulting Developing your EA Team
We have a layered approach to developing your EA Team.
Predictable Consulting Services
You want a roadmap to develop your Team, use our EA Capability Workshop.
If you want hands-on support to speed up your EA Team, we suggest our Predictable EA Consulting Engagements. We need to do at least two EA Sprints. The first sprint gets the basics set-up and delivers useful architecture. The second reinforces Conexiam's Predictable EA method and delivers the next useful enterprise architecture.
DIY Developing your Team
Use the same tools as our EA Capability Practice. We make the tools freely available.
Improving your EA Team
Start with thinking about your EA Team's design and configuration.
- Download the Leader's Guide
If you are in the public sector, download Starting an EA Team in the Government.
- Download the EA Capability Reference Architecture
Improving your Enterprise Architects
Join the Personal EA Kickstart and learn how to be a better enterprise architect in 12 weeks.
If you are looking for EA Professional Development, we offer a free community membership and paid Practical EA Membership. With the paid membership, you get editable templates and regular technique-based webinars.
We have been developing EA Teams for decades. We wrote the industry-best practice. The high-functioning EA Teams we develop have been operating for decades.
Conexiam Predictable EA isn't a secret. We put our proven best practices through peer review. The Open Group published our approach as part of the TOGAF Body of Knowledge. You can download and read it.
We always start with an open standard Enterprise Architecture Capability Model. Developing your team means aligning it for success.
We provide a layered approach to developing your team
- Free tools and techniques
- Free ongoing best-practice guidance
- Custom & Packaged Enterprise Architecture Training
- Standardized EA Capability Workshop
- Customized Predictable EA Consulting Engagements
Decide on the support you want to develop your EA Team.
Join the Personal Enterprise Architecture Kickstart
Free 12-week program to be a better enterprise architect