Leadership Strategies for Enterprise Architects

Leadership Strategies for Enterprise Architects

Intensive and Interactive Practical Seminar on how to Choose the Interventions that Maximize Success

7-8 November 2018 (14-21h)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by Chris Potts
Price: 1450 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What will you learn here ?

During this intensive and interactive seminar, delegates will learn to:

  • Maximise each Enterprise Architect's contribution to the enterprise goals
  • Tune the Enterprise Architect's strategy to the organisational culture
  • Validate Enterprise Architecture's role in the investment process
  • Shape the enterprise's architectural ideas and investments
  • Grow each Enterprise Architect's leadership and influence

About this course:

There will never be enough Enterprise Architects. They are uniquely-valuable, specialised, and scarce, and their contributions come through their leadership of others. This intensive and interactive workshop focuses on the strategies that Enterprise Architects use to choose their most productive interventions and maximise their success.

How Enterprise Architects choose to invest their time and skills shapes the value of Enterprise Architecture (EA). Their interventions demonstrate, in practice, EA’s positive and durable impacts - on the changes people conceive of and design, on the investment projects that deliver those changes, and on the enterprise’s overall performance.

Enterprises constantly redesign themselves. Being an Enterprise Architect is different from many other kinds of architect. In an enterprise, anyone, at any time can have an architectural idea. Executives make architectural investments, whether they know it or not. Helping people to distinguish architectural ideas and investments from all the non-architectural ones is a vital reason why enterprises need architects.

Enterprise Architects are leaders, influencers and facilitators. They work with a scope that is specific to the enterprise goals, are tuned-in to the organisational culture, and are guided by measures of the enterprise’s structural performance. They grow their influence through their role in the investment process, their win-win network, and their leadership of others.

5 Reasons why you should attend this seminar:

  • Entirely founded on Chris's practical work with leading companies around the world
  • Case study based on real life situations and experiences
  • Independent of any EA-related method, framework or tool
  • Interactive workshop format
  • Chris's seminars regularly receive 10/10 for content and style

Who should attend this course:

This course is designed for everyone who is interested in maximising the contribution of Enterprise Architecture, including, but not restricted to:

  • Chief Enterprise Architects
  • Enterprise Architects, Business Architects
  • Change Portfolio Managers
  • Senior Business Analysts
  • Consultants specialising in Strategy, Enterprise Architecture or Portfolio Management

 Full Programme


13.30h - 14.00h
Registration, coffee/tea and croissants
Successful leadership strategies for Enterprise Architects

  • Why some strategies work, and some don't

  • Identifying, validating and navigating strategy constraints
Establishing the strategy's scope
  • Enterprise Architecture's value proposition
  • What Enterprise Architects do, might do, and never do
Dinner Buffet
Measuring the enterprise's architectural performance

  • Creating structural performance metrics from operational business results

  • Using 'EA Guiding Ratios' to choose the strategic priorities
Diagnosing the enterprise culture for investing in change

  • Using tangible evidence to map the organisation's Enterprise Investment Culture

  • Interpreting the impact of culture on the Enterprise Architect's probability of success


13.30h - 14.00h
Welcome, coffee/tea and croissants
Validating the design of the Enterprise Investment Process

  • Ensuring the process is designed to value Enterprise Architecture

  • Positioning Enterprise Architects in the process, to maximise their contribution
Integrating Enterprise Architecture with strategies and investments

  • Tuning-in to people's preferences for exploring and enacting strategy

  • Using scenario planning techniques to drive architectural innovations and investments
Dinner Buffet
Making 'Play-or-Pass' decisions to maximise success

  • Concluding the best leadership strategy, given the organisational context

  • Setting, applying and reviewing the Enterprise Architect's 'play-or-pass' criteria
Building the influence network for Enterprise Architecture

  • Focusing on the key relationships

  • Developing a win-win basis for each relationship
Reflection, Final Q & A
End of this workshop


Chris Potts (Dominic Barrow)
Dominic Barrow

Chris works worldwide with Executives, Enterprise Architects and Portfolio Managers, on strategies for Enterprise Investment - coordinating Enterprise Architecture and Portfolio Management, to achieve organisational excellence at investing in change.

Chris has chaired world-class Enterprise Architecture conferences, trained Enterprise Architects for 20 years, and delivered EA-related guest lectures at universities in New York, London, and Copenhagen.

Chris is also the author of a trilogy of business novels - "FruITion", "RecrEAtion" and "DefrICtion" - that explore through story-telling the past, present and future value of investing in Enterprise Architects.

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