Architecture Governance

Opportunities in Architecture Governance

Most enterprise architecture (EA) groups strive to ensure that the use of enterprise technology and information is done in such a way as to minimize cost, complexity, and duplication. EA groups communicate their guidance on these topics through architecture governance, an umbrella term that includes activities like setting standards, conducting reviews, and providing design recommendations.

But architecture governance can often come off as heavy-handed to delivery teams. As a result, many EA groups miss opportunities to influence their stakeholders to make sound decisions early in the solutions development lifecycle and avoid the need for added EA oversight.

Progressive EA functions apply an adaptive approach to architecture governance that flexes to changing business needs and priorities. They seek to:

  1. Build Proactive Governance. Accelerate governance clock speed by focusing on triage that allows for self-service governance options.
  2. Promote Reuse. Create incentives that influence IT project teams to reuse existing IT portfolio assets whenever possible.
  3. Deemphasize Onerous, Stage-gated Reviews. Judiciously apply Architecture Review Boards (ARBs), while using alternative review processes more frequently.