Enterprise Architecture Governance Guide Includes
Always vest decision rights about the enterprise architecture with the architecture’s stakeholders.
Enterprise Architecture Governance board owns process, and a recommendation regarding completeness and confidence in the work that led to the target enterprise architecture. There is no role to assess or review the target - stakeholders own decision rights.
The enterprise architect's role is to advise stakeholders of the best available choice. Whether approving the target architecture, or deciding what to do when an implementation is not following the architecture.
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The Enterprise Architecture Governance Guide divides governance activity into approval of the target architecture and implementation governance.
Governance is a “system by which an organization is directed, overseen and held accountable for achieving its defined purpose” Understand the tough part of enterprise architecture governance - who has decision authority. Ensure that they realize the intended benefits and values expected.
Architecture Governor's Guide follows divides all governance activity into enterprise architecture governance to approve the target architecture, and implementation governance.
Architecture Governance must address four distinct aspects of governance:
- Governing the creation of enterprise architecture
- Governing change through the use of enterprise architecture
- Governing value realization after the change team is done
- Governing operation of the enterprise architecture team and enterprise architects
Architecture Governance Guide Roles
There are four key roles in architecture governance to approve the target architecture, and govern implementation.
- Stakeholders own the architecture and architecture decisions. Enterprise Architects primarily serve Stakeholders.
- Sponsors & Implementers own implementation decisions. They deliver the expected benefits of the change within the constraints of the target architecture.
- Subject Matter Experts provide specialist advice.
- Enterprise Architects serve the Stakeholder, identify the best possible change, and guide the Implementers to deliver the expected value.
Effective governance nets down to direction and control
- Direct the enterprise architects when they develop the enterprise architecture
- Controls ensure they followed direction
- Direct change leaders and implementers when they run change programs
- Controls ensure they followed the enterprise architecture
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