The extent to which the EA function gets involved in a project will depend on a number of impact assessment factors, including whether the project or initiative:

  • Will bring us closer to the defined future state or threaten our current state architecture;
  • Is a high business impact project;
  • Increases complexity in the organisation;
  • Has extensive interdependencies.
  • Has a large technological impact.
  • Is in an area where we lack experience.

 These impact assessment factors will determine whether the EA team have a:

“Monitor” role:

  • High-level project review
  • Ensure standards are met
  • Aggregate project risks and report status

“Referee” role – in addition to “monitor” activities:

  • Provide criteria to help business units filter their ideas
  • Facilitate project selection and prioritisation meetings
  • Ensure architectural integrity
  • Speed time-to-market through improved engagement methods

“Shaper” role – in addition to “referee” activities:

  • Influence decision makers by communicating explicit and implicit trade-offs
  • Communicate emerging resource, organisational and architectural issues to stakeholders