Think, Document, Reuse

Think, Document, Reuse:  these are the purposes of doing Enterprise Architecture, and also the steps.

Think

Creating architectural documents and diagrams forces people to think about their business activities and IT requirements.  A rigorous modeling language will prompt consideration of new ideas and things you were trying to avoid thinking about.

Document

Architecture needs to be written down.  A document or diagram may specify:

  • Exactly what to implement;
  • Exactly what was implemented, so it is easier to maintain;
  • Rationale for choices made, to avoid going through the decision process again.

Reuse

Architecture building blocks can be reused, if they are documented and stored in a permanent, easy-to access location.  An architect should consider what can be reused before creating new architecture.