Architectural Thinking

This FREE course explains why architectural thinking matters, and how it differs from other ways of thinking. | taught by Roger Evernden

Course description

This free course is an introduction to architectural thinking.

It explains why architectural thinking matters, and how it differs from other ways of thinking.

It will be useful and interesting to anyone with an interest in architecture, and in particular to anyone studying enterprise architecture.

The course is an ongoing project, and I would really welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements!

Roger Evernden
Roger Evernden
Enterprise Architect - trainer, mentor, and coach

My name is Roger Evernden. I’ve been an enterprise architect since 1984, specializing in the highly practical use of EA to manage organizational transformation. I work as advisor, mentor, and coach on EA initiatives, lead training workshops, and write regularly about strategy and architecture.

I provide a unique combination of training and tools to help architects and their teams throughout an EA program and at each capability level. These online training modules provide a thorough grounding of all key techniques, with practical examples, exercises, and demonstrations.

As architect of the Information FrameWork (IFW), I helped pioneer many contemporary EA techniques, including the use of industry reference models, business capability analysis, and component-based building blocks.

My work has been the basis for more than 400 business and IT architecture initiatives worldwide. I write extensively about enterprise architecture and TOGAF®, and my articles have appeared in major publications and books, including the seminal article on IFW in IBM's Systems Journal.

I am author of two books about EA: Enterprise Architecture — The Eight Fundamental Factors and 101 Lessons from Enterprise Architecture.

I work as an independent consultant, and as a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Business & Enterprise Architecture practice.

Reviews (4)

Good overview of key EA aspects

by Eamon Walsh
This is a very clean and clear presentation, and discusses some of the key aspects of enterprise architecture, and presents useful tools for improving any enterprise architecture capability.

Simple and impressive

by Vishal Vashishta
Very well described. The author is knowledgeable and has been able to use his expertise to visualise and help explain in a very easy to understand manner

A must-know for anyone wishing to improve the quality of the EA discussion

by Fernando Felman
An excellent introduction to Architecture Thinking and a solid overview to the Levels of Thinking model. I see both are highly relevant in the articulation of the EA discipline at large, and the role EA takes in the context of the Digital age and the lean enterprise. Thank you for making this content freely available in contributing to a more informed discussion which would benefit all of us!
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Good overview of key EA aspects

by Eamon Walsh
This is a very clean and clear presentation, and discusses some of the key aspects of enterprise architecture, and presents useful tools for improving any enterprise architecture capability.

Simple and impressive

by Vishal Vashishta
Very well described. The author is knowledgeable and has been able to use his expertise to visualise and help explain in a very easy to understand manner

A must-know for anyone wishing to improve the quality of the EA discussion

by Fernando Felman
An excellent introduction to Architecture Thinking and a solid overview to the Levels of Thinking model. I see both are highly relevant in the articulation of the EA discipline at large, and the role EA takes in the context of the Digital age and the lean enterprise. Thank you for making this content freely available in contributing to a more informed discussion which would benefit all of us!

by Vimal Kumar Ramakrishnan