Business Guide
simplicable technology guide   »  enterprise architecture   »  architectural themes

Architectural Themes the Good the Bad and the Ugly

        posted by , August 14, 2012

Are the architectural messages coming from your EA team consistent and compelling?

As a EA team, it's important to establish some architectural themes to drive forward. There are a few simple rules to ensure that your themes are effective.

Architectural Themes

Architectural themes are similar to principles.

Architectural principles are long term aspirational goals. Themes are more time sensitive. They're your architectural goals for the year or quarter.

Themes are essential to your strategy, initiatives and EA marketing efforts. They're what tie everything together.

The Good

There are four qualities of a good architectural theme:

1. Compelling (themes should sell like hotcakes)
2. Achievable (themes need to be realistic)
3. Relevant (themes should add significant business value)
4. Elegant (themes should significantly improve your architecture)

The Bad

A bad theme doesn't have impact. Stakeholders don't see it as compelling, achievable or relevant. It just doesn't fly.

The Ugly

A ugly theme is compelling — stakeholders buy in. However, it isn't elegant — it's the wrong architectural direction.

This is the worst thing that can happen. If your organization doesn't buy into your themes — EA is ineffective. If the organization buys a bad architectural direction — EA is destructive.

3 Shares Google Twitter Facebook

Related Articles

Enterprise Architecture
How to architect an organization.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) is supposed to help manage IT risks — but is it possible that EA itself introduces new risks?

Information technology governance

Our collection of SOA architecture resources and tools.

What is the value of your EA project in 9 words or less?

Recently on Simplicable

Physical Security Explained

posted by Anna Mar
Physical security is real world security. The type of security that existed long before the information revolution.

Canary Trap Explained

posted by Anna Mar
A digital signature embedded in information that can be tied to a source such as an individual or an IP address.

Honeypot Explained (Security)

posted by Anna Mar
A honeypot is decoy designed to distract attackers from your information infrastructure.

Security Techniques

posted by Anna Mar
A list of information security strategies and techniques.


about     contact     sitemap     privacy     terms of service     copyright