Course Description

This course explains 3 essential tasks that are part of the enterprise architecture role in making sense of the complexity of an enterprise & its architecture.

Making Sense will explain:

  • Separating Concerns: how to segment the architecture into meaningful, discrete chunks
  • Simplifying Complexity: how to use building blocks and artefacts to understand the complexity of an enterprise
  • Exploring Options: how to use patterns, models and archetypes to understand architectural domains and to govern change

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

    2. Separating concerns

    • How To Translate Concerns Into An Architectural Explanation

    • How To Identify The Critical Components

    • How To Segment The Architecture Into Meaningful Chunks

    • How To Segment By Domain

    • How To Segment By Evolution

    • How To Segment By Organization

  • 3

    3. Simplifying complexity

    • Measuring Complexity Using A Simple Framework

    • Reducing Complexity Using A Simple Framework

    • Simplifying Complexity

    • EA Techniques For Simplifying Complexity

    • Simplification Through Classification

    • Simplification Through Modularization

    • Simplification Through Clustering

    • Simplification Through Patterns

    • The Wall

    • Enterprise Architecture Principles For Simplifying Complexity

  • 4

    4. Exploring options

    • Exploring Options

    • Using Patterns To Explore Options

  • 5

    5. Summary and next steps

    • Course survey

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