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Enterprise Architecture Anti Patterns


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EA hijacking — when someone who doesn't know what enterprise architecture is (and doesn't care) uses the EA mandate to tackle a personal agenda.

When EA is way too high level.

When Enterprise Architects are glorified change managers.

Is your CIO comfortable with Enterprise Architecture success?

As a enterprise architect it's your job to contribute to the CIO's success (to keep the CIO happy). No matter how committed and professional you are — things can go wrong.

Architecture shaped by politics.

Projects that are great for your architect's resume but bad for business.

Perfectly elegant architectures that are perfectly out of touch.

EAs who get sucked down into solution architecture, infrastructure details or even development.

Enterprise Architecture is a truly dangerous profession.

Be trendy, impress your friends, build your resume and waste your organization's money.

How to make pancakes with a hairdryer.

Wouldn't it be nice to painlessly switch vendors?

The sales-oriented Enterprise Architect.


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