What exactly is the joke?Jeff Schneider: Why Enterprise Architecture is a Joke
- Zachman is stagnant
- Poor architecture skills
- Silo organizations with silo funding
- Tooling sucks
- Unconnected models
- People in command make bad decisions.
- The industry has spawned enough new activities to get worried about to justify a whole job role to cover it and make sure it is done.
- EA is not all about Zachmann
- Enterprise architecture doesn't lack tools at all, and in fact has too many
- Funding should never look like enterprise architecture
- James seems content with the state of his Visio and Powerpoint tooling
- The funding model should align with your business strategy
- EAs are security guards with flashlight and no gun
If you put "Enterprise Architecture" and "Joke" into an internet search engine, you find a post from 2005 by one James McGovern: Government Enterprise Architecture is a big fat joke!
- Someone in the government believes that enterprise architecture is all about creating comprehensive documentation. I guess they forgot the part that the most important thing is to add value to the business.
- If you want an actionable enterprise architecture, you must go beyond artifacts.
- Disconnect between EA Governance and IT Leadership ... IT Management often trumps EA Governance to 'get the thing in' ... EAs need to educate IT management, delivery and operations teams on the value of enterprise architecture ... and ... EAs must listen to the needs of their constituents.
- EA isn't defined well enough to model and operate a successful EA organization.
And who is the joker?In my experience, enterprise architects range from enterprising to unenterprising, from leading to following, from creative to bureaucratic, from essential via useful to downright waste of space.
This is not just a matter of intellect and experience, but personal style. One way of characterizing styles is by using the metaphor of the planets, as I did in my post on Mars, Venus, Saturn or Uranus.
- ITIL is from Saturn, which is the planet of governance.
- SOA is from Uranus, which is the planet of innovation.
- The IT budget is from Jupiter, which is the planet of investment.
- Transformation, power and personal mastery.
- The need to cooperate and share.
- Pluto governs big business and wealth, mining, surgery and detective work, and any enterprise which involves digging under the surface to bring the truth to light.