Does Agile EA Equal Agile Plus EA?

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Jason Bloomberg, President, Intellyx

Does Agile EA Equal Agile Plus EA?

Jason Bloomberg, President, Intellyx

As Allen Brown admitted in my August 2013 Forbes article on TOGAF, “EA needs to catch up with the agile approach, not ‘Agile as such’.” This confusion over the word “agile” is actually one of the challenges with EA today. Brown continued: “‘Agile’ is a loaded term and largely associated with building solutions rather than the Enterprise Architecture.”

So, what does "agile" -- or in some quarters, "Agile" -- mean today, and how do we apply Agile to architecture? Most people use the phrase "Agile Architecture" to refer to software architecture appropriate for Agile software development projects -- not EA at all.

Nevertheless, there is a growing Agile EA movement that extends the core principles of the Agile manifesto to EA more broadly. This approach deemphasizes the role of frameworks and other artifacts, and instead treats the enterprise as a complex adaptive system.

Agile EA thus leverages complex systems theory, including the role of emergent properties, to rethink how organizations innovate and otherwise deal with change within the context of market and regulatory constraints.

Key takeaways

Attendees of this session will:

  • Gain clear differentiators between Agile software architecture and Agile EA
  • Understand the role of complex systems theory to the practice of Agile EA
  • Learn important ways that TOGAF may support organizations' agility requirements in the future

Jason Bloomberg is the leading industry analyst and expert on achieving agile digital transformation by architecting business agility in the enterprise. He writes for Forbes, Wired, and his biweekly newsletter, the Cortex. As president of Intellyx, he advises business executives on their digital transformation initiatives, trains architecture teams on Agile Architecture, and helps technology vendors and service providers communicate their agility stories. His latest book is The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013).

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).



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