I have put together a very high level cheat sheet for the Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF). I Basically took all of the topics from the E2AF matrix and built a document with bullets representing each topic. It is organized by the six key questions (Why, With Who, What, How, With What, and When) and has sub categories for each question by the four different view points (Business, Information, Information Systems, Technology Infrastructure). In Appendix A, I included several links to the website where the E2AF information can be found. Appendix B lists all of the E2AF deliverables.
My hope is that more people will start using EA or at least ask some of the fundamental EA questions when taking on new projects. The following is my opening statements in the document…
Would you build a house without a blue print? I didn’t think so. But many companies build enterprise applications without an Enterprise Architecture. Even if your company chooses not to fund an EA initiative, you can still follow an EA framework’s thought process the next time you take on a major enterprise initiative. If you are working for a startup and building you products and services from scratch, you would be wise to leverage some of the best practices of an up to date light weight framework like the Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF). I created this document as a cheat sheet based on the 6×4 E2AF matrix that guides architects through a robust process from planning, analysis, requirements, and design. You owe it to your company to at least consider the following questions from both the business and technology view points. Feel free to download and distribute this document. It is my contribution back to both the EA community and to my fellow IT colleagues. I am tired of hearing about the horror stories of IT failures and hope that this document can be of use to my talented colleagues around the world, as we attempt to create business value by leveraging the skills and knowledge of our profession. Enjoy!
You can download the document here as a zipped file.