DA 303: Agile Enterprise Architecture: Disciplined and Pragmatic Strategies

Enterprise architecture can potentially promote a common business vision within your organization, provide guidance to improve both business and IT decision making, and improve IT efficiencies.  Unfortunately many enterprise architecture teams struggle to provide these benefits, often due to following an onerous and heavy process.  The adoption of disciplined agile and lean strategies which are based on collaboration, enablement, and streamlining the flow of work are the keys to enterprise architecture success. In this workshop students will learn how to take an agile/lean approach to applying the architectural views and strategies promoted in enterprise architecture and governance frameworks such as TOGAF, Zachman, and COBIT.


This one-day workshop is not technical. Many group exercises reinforce the principles learned.



• Enterprise architects tasked with moving from traditional approaches to agile/lean strategies.

• Enterprise architects new to agile who want to learn how they can support agile development teams

• Application/solution architects who want to become enterprise architects



• Discover how to improve the effectiveness of your enterprise architecture team

• Learn how to work effectively with agile/lean software development teams

• Learn strategies to work with business stakeholders more effectively



• Overview of enterprise architecture (EA)

• Introduction to agile and lean

• Introduction to Disciplined Agile (DA)

• How is architecture addressed on agile teams?

• Agile and lean strategies for EA

• Working effectively with business stakeholders

• Transitioning to agile EA



Level: Introductory

Length: One days – 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks.

Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction followed by group work.

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of agile methods such as Scrum useful but not required.

Class size: Ideally 10 to 15, although up to 20 if the room allows.

Classroom requirements: For the students a table layout is preferred. Ideally there should be tables of 4-6 people with sufficient space between them so that students can easily move about the room. For the instructor a screen, projector, and writing space (whiteboards or flipcharts).



DA 203: Architecture Owner Workshop. This hands-on workshop explores how disciplined agile teams include architecture activities and concerns throughout the lifecycle.


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