Levels of EA Involvement
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:
- 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