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Level 1: Initiating

Level 2: Formed

Level 3: Defined

Level 4: Managed

Level 5: Improving


The vision, business case and initial organizational structure  for the EA practice is identified.

The EA capability is approved by the organization. EA resources are identified and charged. Progress towards the value proposition is tracked and reported to stakeholders.

The EA program has a clear and measured value proposition. Proper financial and staffing resources are available. The program is embedded within the organizational structure of the organization.

The EA practice has processes in place to regularly evaluate its value proposition and to adjust to opportunities and constraints.

The EA practice engages in strategic thinking and long-term planning.


Business case: Build understanding of the types of value the EA practice can deliver, and its initial cost.

Leadership:Use the maturity model to discuss where the EA practice will start and how it will mature over time.

People:Identify potential EA contributors in the organization, or the need to recruit new resources.

Funding:Identify potential funding sources for an initial commitment to an EA practice.

Business case: State the business case for initial formation of an EA practice and its short-term value.

Leadership:Identify a leader accountable for maturing the EA practice.

People:Identify the resources available to the EA practice, whether they report directly to an EA program or are distributed.

Coordination:Regularly bring together the EA resources to plan future work. Appropriate tools are in place for managing work and sharing deliverables.

Funding: Obtain near-term funding such as funding for the current fiscal year.

Business case:Demonstrate the business case for an ongoing EA practice with medium- and long-term defined goals and value.

Leadership: Define goals for maturing the EA practice and gain agreement from the team and sponsors.

People:Identify standard job descriptions for EA resources and work with HR to align job descriptions and skills with EA practice goals. Identify individual and team development opportunities.

Coordination:Routinely plan and track work across all EA resources using a shared method, such as Scrum Agile. Define customer-facing work with standard practices such as statements of work.

Funding: Rely on Establish regular recurring funding for the EA practice.

Business case:Routinely measure the performance of the EA practice and revise goals, resource allocations, or approaches accordingly.

Leadership:Regularly assess the maturity of the EA practice and adjust its approach to meet stated maturity goals.

People:Evaluate the performance of each EA resource in relation to the goals of the EA practice and manage employee performance accordingly.

Coordination:Routinely estimate and track effort for EA work. Consistently hit deadlines for EA deliverables. Routinely align EA work with other teams.

Funding: Demonstrate a long-term funding model that is sustainable and enables growth.

Business case: Regularly make the business case Regularly seek opportunities for the EA practice to grow into new scope based on demonstrated past value.

Leadership:Continue to stretch the EA practice toward high levels of maturity in all attributes.

People:Put in place professional development and succession planning.