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Developing a Practical Enterprise Architecture Curriculum
Cutter Consortium, February 2006, Pages: 25
Enterprise architecture (EA) is no longer a theoretical discussion about a framework involving rows and columns and what information should go in each cell. Organizations around the world are beginning to "do enterprise architecture". From this, we are learning what an EA program is and how to install and operate one. Our next move must be to upgrade our EA staffs and develop training to help prepare people for their jobs.
The Executive Report 'Developing a Practical Enterprise Architecture Curriculum' by Cutter Fellow Ken Orr provides a comprehensive framework for creating a core EA training curriculum that is the basis for building a world-class EA group. You get guidance on creating a down-to-earth training program that results in a team of people with all the requisite skills needed to introduce, manage and operate a state-of-the-art EA program, and provide real value to your enterprise for many years to come.
This report will help you:
- Move from a general EA framework to a specific EA approach
- Gain a view of EA that extends beyond the basic Zachman Framework
- Define what skills you need in an EA group
- Build an EA group by defining roles, not jobs, to gain flexibility in how you select people
- Apply metaphors from urban and transportation planning that provide insight and enlightenment on the various roles within an EA group
- Teach basic EA concepts in a predetermined order so that you can better prepare employees to tackle complex issues
- Develop a training program that assists in the collection of reasonable metrics and performance measures
- Train 7 major categories of people in EA: user management, users and/or subject matter experts, business analysts, enterprise architects, IT management, developers, and database administrators
- Bring together a team of people who can leverage each others skills
- Recruit architects that are able to conceptualize, communicate, design and model, are self-starters, and are persistent
This report outlines 8 basic EA training classes:
1. An Overview of EA gets the basic ideas of your EA program across to the widest possible audience.
2. EA Methods and Approaches discusses the major EA frameworks in the marketplace.
3. Being an Enterprise Architect reveals the personalities and skills you need to recruit for your EA group.
4. Business Architecture Modeling addresses strategic intentions, business context, business value chains and business processes.
5. Data Architecture Modeling provides tools and techniques for understanding your enterprises data at the highest level.
6. Application Architecture Modeling develops a long-term "product planning" view of your EA, including all your major applications.
7. Technology Architecture Modeling promotes understanding of all the technologies, including hardware, software, and communications components
8. Managing EA helps you build an EA organization, establish relationships with other parts of the business, and build the actual enterprise architecture -- all at the same time.
Plus, this report will help you recognize talent and interest throughout your organization, match them up with your enterprises needs, and then hire/train employees to fill the gaps. And it advocates practicing "experimental management" of EA as an emerging discipline, allowing you to move from training, to trying, to learning, and evolving.