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:
- An online survey I ran at the end of 2017, to find out what architects and students thought about the current state of EA training, and what they would like to see in the future.
- Conversations with many of the attendees at IRM’s EA Conference in October, when I presented a case study about an innovative training approach at Vesta Corporation using a mix of online training and mentoring.
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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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