Course Description

This course shows how architects can play a positive and active role in defining and delivering enterprise change and transformation.

Providing Leadership and Direction will explain:

  • Improving and Changing: how to use visions, strategic themes, vectors and patterns to discuss and plan architectural evolution
  • Guiding Decisions: how to govern alignment and compliance through principles, policies, standards, lifecycles, and patterns
  • Being Proactive: how to raise decisions and discussions to business, senior executive, and board level
  • Being Involved: how to use architectural artefacts and building blocks to radically improve executive and business analysis through tools such as strategy maps, capability assessment, gap analysis, value chains and portfolio management

By the end of the course you will:

  • Know why it is so important to translate stakeholder concerns into an understanding of the architecture and how it limits or enables the enterprise
  • Understand how business models can be used to communicate on architectural issues with key stakeholders
  • Understand what “value” means in your enterprise
  • Understand the symbiotic relationship between the architecture and business or management models
  • Be aware of four typical operating models for the EA team
  • Be able to explain how principles, policies and standards help guide decision making
  • Know how principles are used effectively to guide architectural decisions
  • Understand the key role of states and transitions in EA planning
  • Know why enterprise patterns are so important in leadership and direction
  • Be able to lead architectural discussions by using enterprise patterns and strategic themes
  • Understand how to present strategic themes to decision makers
  • Understand the importance of options in EA roadmaps and planning
  • Understand how to socialize EA concepts and ideas
  • Understand different types of roadmap and their uses
  • Understand how to map and trace architectural patterns to delivery programmes

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. Business and operating models

    • Business Models And EA

    • Models That Explain Value

    • Examples - The Impact Of Business Models On EA

    • EXERCISE: Knowing which business models are used, and how they are used

    • Types Of Operating Model

    • Business Model Canvas

    • Qualities - An Example From Starbucks

    • EXERCISE: What does value mean in your enterprise?

  • 3

    3. Guiding decisions

    • Guiding Decisions - Principles, Policies And Standards

    • Guiding Decisions By Principles

    • Working With Hypotheses

    • Lifecycles And State Transitions

    • Example - Lifecycles To Govern Applications

  • 4

    4. Using patterns

    • What Is An Enterprise Pattern?

    • EA Patterns – Providing Leadership And Direction

    • EA Patterns – Starting The Debate

    • Presenting Strategic Themes And Key Changes

    • Presenting Options

    • A Template For Enterprise Patterns

    • Socialization Of Architectural Thinking

    • Getting Started With Enterprise Patterns

  • 5

    5. Using roadmaps

    • What Do Roadmaps Show?

    • A Hierarchy Of Roadmap Types

    • An Example Roadmap - PG&E Smart Grid

    • Enterprise Level Example Roadmaps

    • Tracing A Roadmap To Projects

    • Strategic Vectors

    • Roadmaps In A Hierarchical Context

    • Strategic Vectors And The Roadmap Hierarchy

  • 6

    6. Tips and examples

    • Being Proactive

    • Being Involved

  • 7

    7. Summary and next steps

    • Congratulations

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