Introduction

 

Course Description

This new course is being developed to improve the agility and performance of the enterprise in today’s fast paced environment.  Modern organizations are increasingly complex.  There are many roles and disciplines which need to function together to achieve the best outcomes.  It is essential to deliver the value customers demand at a pace that meets their needs.

To survive, the enterprise must be able to carve out and defend its niche in the competitive market.  It is essential to be able to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage to survive.

Many organizations are striving to create value by working closely with their customers and reducing the time required to deliver results.  At the same time, the enterprise must maintain some consistency to function efficiently.  At times, different parts of the organization will have different views on what is the best way to function.  What is the balance that is needed between Agility and Architecture?

This course examines Agility, Lean Methods, Design Thinking, Enterprise Architecture and other frameworks and methods to understand how the apparent conflicts can be resolved .

This course is a synthesis of the topics and trends that are at play in the enterprise. These topics include:

  • Architecture
  • Product and Portfolio Management
  • Agile Methods
  • Lean Enterprise
  • DevOps
  • Continuous Development

Any of these approaches may refer to existing frameworks, standards, methodologies, best practices, methods and processes. This includes with no particular order; TOGAF, Scrum, Scaled Agile, Disciplined Agile, Lean, IT4IT and more.

Each method or approach has its role to play. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses.  How can these seemingly incompatible methods and techniques be integrated and harmonized to maximize benefit to the enterprise?

This course enables decision makers, strategists, product owners, architects, developers, and operations managers to gain insights into core enterprise activity areas including:

  • Business Architecture
  • IT and Technology Architecture
  • Software Development
  • Deployment and Delivery
  • Service Support

Decision makers and strategist will be able to structure, organize their business and IT team to take the appropriate decisions to align with business drivers.

  • Product and Portfolio Managers will better elaborate their roadmaps based on the above decisions.
  • Architects will be more familiar with the delivery and how they need to better collaborate with IT teams.
  • Software Development team will understand why architecture must exists before starting any development.
  • IT and Business operations will understand the end to end approach to product and services creations.
  • Participants work on practical case studies that demonstrate and apply key elements of each method and examines how the methods can be integrated.

Course Purpose

This course is intended to provide a unique perspective on the modern enterprise and the various stakeholders that influence its evolution in the competitive milieu. It shows the touchpoints that exist between different approaches, frameworks, methodologies, best practices, methods, and techniques.  It provides practical tools and techniques that enable the architecture, design, development and operation enterprise processes and systems.  Specific course topic areas include:

  • Business Transformation
  • Agility
  • Digitization
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Architecture, Design and Development governance
  • Business and IT architecture Development Methods
  • Operations and Service Management

The course focuses on and builds from several important disciplines including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Transformation
  • Product Management
  • Project and Portfolio Management
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Agile Development
  • DevOps
  • Risk Management

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Apply concepts from Enterprise Architecture, Agile Development, Lean Enterprise to build effective capabilities and solutions that meet enterprise requirements, align with business strategies
  • Demonstrate Enterprise Architecture skills that can be used to guide the developments of systems that are properly aligned with company strategies and business portfolios
  • Integrate architecture and agile techniques to increase the effectiveness and velocity of business development
  • Coordinate efforts with Agile and DevOps to improve the communications and feedback between strategists, analysts, architects, developers, operations, and service management personnel.
  • Implement practical controls to ensure appropriate compliance to architecture standards, legal and regulatory requirements when needed.
  • Develop effective organization, structures and processes for governing their enterprise architecture, development, testing and operations activities.
  • Build a more agile enterprise that will be able to improve revenue, avoid costs, and improve service to your customers.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this course.  This not a software development or computer science course, although we will examine concepts from these areas.

This course is not intended to prepare students for certification in any particular standard or product.  It does not focus on teaching detailed skills and techniques.  There are no specific prerequisites for this course, although it is assumed that participants are experienced practitioners in their field.

The TOGAF standard will be used as an example Enterprise Architecture framework. People familiar with the TOGAF standard will be able to understand what their role in terms of sharing information with other teams. Stakeholders in charge of Agile development, delivery and IT operations will understand how Enterprise Architecture support and enables their work.

This course is course is about creating a more agile enterprise.  Agility is not one single concept, but the collective behavior of several key functions within the enterprise.  The course is a synthesis of the ideas and trends that are at play in the enterprise.  In particular, these topics include:

  • Enterprise Architecture and all of its domains
  • Product and Portfolio Management
  • Agile Methods
  • Lean Enterprise
  • DevOps

Each method or approach has its role to play. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses.  How can these seemingly incompatible methods and techniques be integrated and harmonized to maximize benefit to the enterprise?

This course enables decision makers, strategists, product owners, architects, developers, and operations managers to gain insights into how these concepts can be interwoven to create a more agile enterprise.

Decision makers and strategists will be able to structure, organize their business and IT team to take the appropriate decisions to align with business drivers. Product and Portfolio Managers will better elaborate their roadmaps based on the above decisions. Architects will be more familiar with the delivery and how they need to better collaborate with development teams. Development teams will work with architecture teams to define effective roadmaps must. IT and Business will collaborate to improve their product development and realization activities to enhance customer value.

Course participants will work on practical examples and case studies that demonstrate and apply key elements of each method and examines how the methods can be integrated.

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