Describe the business enterprise before the IT

Tom Graves had an interesting (and extensive) guest post [link no longer available] on John Polgreen’s blog.   Some ideas I was glad to see him advocate:

  • Describe an enterprise’s vision, mission and goals, before getting into anything related to IT.
  • Use a Results Logic diagram (also known as a Program Logic Model) to confirm that an enterprise’s activities are likely to meet its mission and goals.
  • The “enterprise” includes external organizations:  suppliers, clients and other stakeholders.  The architecture should show how they are involved, motivated and accountable.  (It might not show details of how they do their business.)