This page provides an overview of Architecture Methods from the perspective of architects providing analysis as a foundation for leadership. (For more perspectives, see the Architecture Methods page.)
As an architect you are a leader, but your leadership is founded on analysis. Analysis is most effective for leadership when others have participated in the analysis and been "brought along" to a point of view, next step, or decision. You can use the methods linked from this page just to guide your own thinking, but they are all also intended for participation and communication.
The initiative for analysis can come from you or from your organization. Your roles might include initiating the analysis, facilitating it with participants, providing subject matter expertise, collecting information, and producing summary artifacts.
Common situations in which architects provide analysis are:
As an architect, you may be asked for analysis to support management of a portfolio. This can take place in the context of investment planning, service portfolio management, technology portfolio management, project portfolio management, or other governance. The analysis is typically used to justify the selection of certain services or solutions over others, so it is under close scrutiny and requires wide buy-in.
In general, analyzing a portfolio requires:
Key considerations in choosing a method include:
Methods related to portfolio analysis include:
Your broad view of the enterprise as an architect enables you to provide valuable context. This context will enable you and others to assess proposed changes and identify needed changes. The analysis is most valuable when it creates shared understanding among many participants, enabling them to communicate better and situate their ideas and decisions in context.
The portfolio analysis methods above provide one form of context, by placing services or solutions in clear relation to each other. The methods in this section look at what is enabled by the portfolio: the capabilities, processes, and information needed by the enterprise.
Methods related to context analysis include:
Methods related to guiding initiatives include: