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Successful EA - the people aspect

Successful EA - the people aspect
Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 08:26 - Stuart Macgregor
Enterprise architecture (EA) is more relevant today than ever before – considering the accelerating pace of technology adoption, many new and disruptive market forces, hypercompetitive environments, and rapidly changing business models. Together, these present a burning requirement for many organisations to ‘digitise the enterprise’.

Making it stick

Making it stick
Thursday, 7 May, 2015 - 14:07 - Stuart Macgregor
Shifting from a state of architecture execution to architecture leadership is the next step in the EA journey. Kotter’s final two stages guide an organisation on the optimum ways that change can be embedded, anchored and matured. From an Enterprise Architecture (EA) perspective, these phases relate to the ‘professionalising’ of the EA practice.

Generating short-term wins

Generating short-term wins
Monday, 13 April, 2015 - 11:03 - Stuart Macgregor
Quick wins, even on a small scale, become the catalyst to building momentum in enterprise architecture. By this point in the process of business transformation (see my previous Industry Insight), the company has established and communicated the vision for change, and then begun the process of empowering the right teams to start executing on that vision.

Empowering EA

Blog Post - Empowering EA
Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 10:03 - Stuart Macgregor
It is critical for the business to communicate the enterprise architecture vision of business transformation. Following the creation of the enterprise architecture (EA) vision – which I explored in my previous Industry Insight – I now turn to the crucial steps of communicating the vision of business transformation, and empowering broad-based action from the teams required to execute the vision.

Kotter's eight-stage journey continued

Blog Post - Kotter's eight-stage journey continued
Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 - 13:22 - Stuart Macgregor
The third stage of the change management expedition encompasses the head and the heart. In my previous Industry Insight, I looked at the first two stages of John Kotter's eight stages of change management, exploring his timeless blueprint for effective change leadership. In Kotter's third stage – "developing a vision and strategy" – the guiding coalition sets to work on crafting the vision of...


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Customer Experience and Transformation in Financial Services

In this series, we’ll apply an Enterprise Architecture lens to McKinsey’s ‘10 timeless tests’ from its ‘Banking on customer centricity’ white paper’ – a litmus test for an organisation’s customer experience qualities.

Avoiding Perils to EA

In this series we examine the most common reasons that Enterprise Architecture fails, and provide practical guidance on how to avoid these pitfalls. We look at the Chief Architect and the core EA team; the organisational positioning of the EA function; the concept of ‘Ivory Towers’; EA’s vision, strategy and direction; executive sponsorship; collaboration; and finally the areas of EA tools, processes and content.

Kotter's eight-stage journey

A series of articles that looks at John Kotter's eight stages of change management, and explores his timeless blueprint for effective change leadership. These change management principles can gel with an enterprise architecture (EA) roadmap to achieve business transformation.