Course Description

If you want to become an Enterprise Architect - then this course is for you.

The course has been designed for people from any background. It covers common questions that I've received in many years of coaching and mentoring people as they became enterprise architects.

The course will take you through a number of important steps to assess your existing skills and experience and help you plot the fast path to become an Enterprise Architect.

There are practical worksheets to guide you, and plenty of practical tips and recommendations to boost your career.

The course was developed by Roger Evernden - an enterprise architect since 1984. Roger has spent many years providing training, mentoring and coaching to help people like you become enterprise architects.

Enterprise Architect - trainer, mentor, and coach

Roger Evernden

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.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    What does an Enterprise Architect do? Is it the job for you?

  • 3

    Why become an Enterprise Architect? What are the benefits for you?

    • Section overview

    • What are the benefits in being an Enterprise Architect?

    • What are the disadvantages to being an Enterprise Architect?

    • Worksheet - what do you want to get from being an Enterprise Architect?

  • 4

    Do you have what it takes to be an Enterprise Architect? What are the best ways to assess your current skills and experience?

    • What skills does an enterprise architect need?

    • Architecture, Description, Process, Discipline

    • An outline of the discipline of Enterprise Architecture

    • Enterprise Architecture as a discipline

    • A brief overview of enterprise architecture techniques

    • What personality does an enterprise architect need - introduction

    • Who are you?

    • What experience and background does an Enterprise Architect have?

    • Create your own skills framework

    • How to use the skills worksheet

    • WORKSHEET: Assess your own skills and experience

  • 5

    What are the best ways to gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience?

    • How can you leverage your existing skills and experience?

    • Update your CV

    • Explore the architecture aspect

    • Get connected with other architects

    • Immerse yourself in architectural thinking

    • Get involved in architecture initiatives

    • Find a mentor or coach

    • Plan your career path

    • How to gain knowledge skills and experience

    • On the job

    • Using a mentor or coach

    • From training courses

    • From books

    • On the internet

    • From seminars workshops and conferences

    • From case studies

  • 6

    What is your action plan and career path for a successful Enterprise Architect career? What is the fast path to becoming an Enterprise Architect?

    • What is your action plan and career path - section overview

    • How to plot your career path to becoming a successful Enterprise Architect

    • Things to include in your action plan

    • Developing your career roadmap

    • Developing a detailed career plan

    • WORKSHEET:Creating a fast path to Enterprise Architect

  • 7

    What is the best way to prepare for that all important job interview?

    • Creating an Enterprise Architecture Profile

    • Using LinkedIn to generate a CV

    • Write, or update, your profile and CV

    • How to build a portfolio of success stories

    • Rehearsing through focused scenarios

    • Write it down! Rehearse!

  • 8

    Summary Points

    • Remember - it's not all architecture! Politics, priorities, and people matter

    • Congratulations!

    • Course Feedback


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