Results of the EA Training Survey

This is a summary of the findings from my recent survey of EA training.

This is not rigorous academic research – it’s more informal… a what do students feel about the training currently on offer. It is based on:

Note that bullet points are ordered with the highest number of responses listed first.

Problems with current training options:

  • Time constraints, e.g. four-day courses
  • Failure to identify the specific needs of learners and for learners to own their own their own development needs
  • Lack of follow through learning beyond an event or course
  • Objectives set by trainers, rather than learners
  • Multiple choice exams
  • Difficulty in finding good, well-structured training
  • Cost or budget constraints. One attendee commented that the course price plus the loss of billable days makes classroom options very expensive

Things that should be in a training package:

  • Mentoring to build capability
  • Ongoing support and advice from an EA expert
  • Practical examples and case studies
  • Coaching to address specific concerns or issues
  • Templates or downloadable resources that support the training
  • Exercises and other opportunities to practice techniques
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Making study material more concise (eliminating “fluff”)
  • More coverage of business architecture
  • Architecture modelling skills
  • General consulting skills

One particular comment is worth quoting: “Organisation culture change is a big hurdle to ovecome, especially in getting staff to be trained and to establish a community of architects in the organization. Architect roles are not easily defined.”

About the respondees:

  • Years working as an Enterprise Architect. around 55% of responses were from people with 1 to 5 years experience. Remaining responses were pretty even across no experience, 6 to 10, 11 to 15, 16 to 20, and more than 21 years
  • EA qualifications/certifications taken: not surprisingly, TOGAF came out top, with 44% responses having level 1 and 36% level 2. Other certifications mentioned were Zachman Certified, SABSA, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and IASA CITA-Associate Solution Architecture. 22% of responses had no formal qualifications.

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