Getting out in front
By Eric A. Stephens on May 09, 2011
Got a link they other day from an EA colleague on Martha Heller's recent post Making EA Matter. As an EA I liked the quote about the EA being the smarted person in the room and the least arrogant. We could psycho-analyze our staff to ensure they are the correct Myers-Brigg type for the job. At the end of the day, are all those pretty pictures actionable? Can the architect take the grand vision and decompose it into executable steps? Yes, and even go as far as building a notional WBS.
I really liked point #4 about getting in front of projects. Having spent time establishing governance processes and as a solution/project architect I can tell you this can relieve much pain in an organization. The amount of project-level architectural food-fights can go down dramatically. Wire the EA into the front-most part of the organizational processes. Get it linked to the corporate strategy, PMO, and RFP processes is key. Getting an EA a seat at the PMO table is even better. EA gaining visibility into the contract creation process (as opposed to right before the CIO signs the contract) reduces deviations, waivers, and other downstream battles.