A Profession Framework for EA Practices: What It Is and Why We Need It
Leonard Fehskens, Chief Edtor, Journal of Enterprise Architecture, The Association of Enterprise Architects, US
A profession framework is a set of best practices for the creation and management of an intra-organizational or internal profession, a community of individuals who share a particular kind of skills, knowledge, and experience, bounded by the scope of a particular organization. This community of practitioners provides the organization with a valued and necessary strategic and operational capability.
Organizations that have embarked on an enterprise architecture initiative eventually recognize that finding, developing and retaining competent enterprise architecture practitioners are key to the success of such an initiative, but have little experience with or expertise in doing so. While they may be familiar with ideas like creating a Center of Excellence to create and nurture a desired capability, and the use of frameworks (like TOGAF, for enterprise architecture) to provide best practices for such a capability, the idea of a profession as the means of creating and maintain a community of practitioners who can deliver the capability is less familiar. More importantly, there is no framework that provides best practices for doing so.
This talk provides an overview of what an internal profession is, why internal professions are useful, and what such a "profession framework" might contain.
-- What a profession is and why internal professions are useful.
-- What a profession framework is and why it is useful.
Len Fehskens is responsible for all activities relating to enterprise architecture at The Open Group. Prior to joining The Open Group, Len led the Worldwide Architecture Profession Office for HP Services at Hewlett-Packard. He majored in Computer Science at MIT, and has almost 40 years of experience in the IT business as both an individual contributor and a manager, within both product engineering and services business units. Len has worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Data General Corporation, Prime Computer, Compaq and Hewlett Packard. He is the lead inventor on six software patents on the object oriented management of distributed systems and is TOGAF® 8 certified. Len is also the chief editor of the Journal of Enterprise Architecture.