How to build your corporate Enterprise Architecture Function inspired by Google’s Design function

How to build your corporate Enterprise Architecture Function inspired by Google’s Design function

How Google built their central design function (known as UXA – User Experience Alliance) can be a lesson and guidance on how to built a central EnterpriseArchitects function.

This dawned on my reading the great Fast Company article about how design finally made its way into Google, not only within each product, but also as a function within the company with a central team. So here is the take away for Enterprise Architects and Governance teams:

How to build your corporate Enterprise Architecture Function:

  • Start and spend a month with all participating stakeholders to see what is out there as BusinessArchitecture, Projects, IT, Infrastructure, BusinessModel, …
  • Try to deliver as much value in that month, so that all the different projects and stakeholders come back to get guidance
  • Never name things Standards or Governance
  • Accomplish your unifying goal in a subtle way: Use conversations and collaboration.
  • Don’t try to be measurable as a corporate function, but try to lean in with local problems and build a way that good decisions emerge and bubble up. Value the ideas of local EA/IT and let it grow. Value good Solution Architecture that fit into the broader picture.
  • Name it Project Kennedy, because in most organizations Enterprise Architecture is like a moonshot worthy of JFK

The mentioned article is also part of the October 2013 Issue of Fast Company.

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