How To Assess Business Architecture’s Progress
by Jeff Scott, on Mar 2, 2016 3:24:00 PM
As a business architecture consultant I frequently have to quickly assess where a business architecture team is in its evolution to understand how I can best help them. I have identified seven attributes that illuminate how far a business architecture organization has evolved and help me categorize them as struggling, succeeding, or sustaining practices. In my November post, Five Ways to Measure Business Architecture’s Performance, I listed the different approaches to measure results. In this post I want to share seven attributes you can use to perform a quick assessment of where your team is.
Sponsorship – Struggling business architects have little if any sponsorship. They may get funding from the CIO or other business executive but it is usually contingent on demonstrating value. The “sponsor” is not a true advocate. Succeeding business architects typically have at least one business executive sponsor who does advocate for them. Sustaining business architects have developed broad executive level sponsorship and advocacy.
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Very few business architecture teams have made it to solid sustainability but many have attained success. Most are still struggling. These seven attributes will help you identify where you sit along the struggling-succeeding-sustaining continuum as well as give you a good idea of where to focus your energy.