In our previous two blogs in this series, we outlined the connections between Lean Management and Enterprise Architecture. The focus of Lean is on taking day-to-day small steps for improvement. The elimination of waste and focus on customer value are central elements in Lean. Enterprise Architecture focuses on longer term results, but as https://bizzdesign.com/blog/enterprise-architecture-and-agile-development-opposites-attract/we have seen in the previous blog in this series a Lean perspective is also powerful for Enterprise Architects. We discussed the seven deadly wastes in enterprise architectures, such as unnecessary manual labor, gold-plating and complexity. Identifying and visualizing wastes in EA enable us to make improvements.
But what about wastes in the EA domain itself? From our practice we of course see many EA initiatives. We believe EA is a powerful and often indispensible aid for organizations. However, not all EA initiatives are a great success. We see many EA practitioners struggle to keep EA on the agenda. It is then a common reflex to say: “They don’t understand us; they only want quick fixes instead of doing the right thing for the long term”. But let’s take a closer look at our own behavior as Enterprise Architects, from a Lean perspective.
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A truly Lean Enterprise Architect ensures that all EA activities create value. In practice, however, we see a lot of behavior that does the opposite. See below.
Seven deadly wastes of Enterprise Architects:
We think you will all recognize elements of this ‘wasteful behavior’. We will find it in our environment, but if we are honest also in our own actions. These behaviors produce waste and create an increasing gap between the architect and the rest of the organization. We should, as professionals, continuously be aware of these pitfalls of EA and adjust our behavior. So start eliminating wasteful behavior today, and work on the continuous improvement of your job as an architect!
Next in this blog series: Enterprise Architecture for Lean Business Processes.