Business Guide

careers   »  enterprise architecture careers   »  ea teams to avoid

4 Enterprise Architecture Teams You Don't Want To Work For

        posted by , July 24, 2011

Enterprise Architecture is a rewarding career when you work for a respected team that produces solid business value.

When the EA team does not produce much of value — your day to day job will likely become stressful. You will also be out in the wind the next time your organization downsizes.

Watch out for the following 4 types of EA team:

1. Political EA

Office politics are pretty much a given for Enterprise Architects. After all, Enterprise Architecture is all about IT transparency and common approaches — plenty of IT folks have no interest in common approaches or transparency into their area. However, usually EAs can accomplish their mission despite the occasional political bumps in the road.

Political EA occurs when politics cause EA gridlock — meaning that nothing gets done. Enterprise Architects stuck in this situation invariably end up with low career satisfaction.

Political EA is often the result of a weak mandate. This can occur when EA reports to someone who is too low in the organization. For example, consider the situation when EA reports to one of many IT managing directors:

political enterprise architecture

2. Governance Focused

Enterprise Architects can play an important role in IT governance. However, some EA teams are completely focused on governance. Such teams are more focused on administrative processes than architecture.

When EA teams focus on administration of IT standards they quickly become irrelevant. Such teams are usually viewed as a tax by the rest of the organization.

3. Completely Irrelevant

EA teams that lack influence — pumping out documentation that no one reads.

4. Doomed EA

Incompetent EA teams with too much power — bravely steering the entire IT organization to ruin.

3 Shares Google Twitter Facebook

What's the worst thing about you?

One of the most challenge careers in IT.

Interview questions for key executive positions such as CEO, CFO, COO, CMO and Managing Director of Sales.

How to become one of the most visible people in your organization with a few simple habits.

Recently on Simplicable

97 Program Manager Interview Questions

posted by John Spacey
Program managers shape a program and manage its delivery. It's a challenging role that demands a challenging interview.

Interview Psychology Cheat Sheet (13 Things You Need to Know)

posted by Anna Mar
What you need to know about social psychology before your next interview.

57 Innovation Interview Questions

posted by Anna Mar
Innovation requires courage, intuition and thinking that extends beyond traditional measures of intelligence.

24 Difficult Interview Questions

posted by Anna Mar
What's the worst thing about you?


about     contact     sitemap     privacy     terms of service     copyright