Today's Enterprise Design pattern is about defining clear ownerships for elements of your Enterprise Design (like capabilities, processes, or information). Owners are responsible for the whole lifecycle (designing, building, maintaining, budgeting) of what they own.
“You need an accountability framework that balances autonomy and alignment.” - Jeanne Ross et.al.
Without clearly defined ownerships, people make isolated decisions that lead to the decay of a coherent Enterprise Design. When responsibilities are unclear, decision-makers and autonomous teams take responsibility for their own domains only, not for the enterprise as a whole. Design decisions are made without understanding the impact on the wider enterprise.
You help establish clear ownerships and dependencies based on architectural elements and their relationships (e.g. journeys, products, capabilities, processes). You use this framework to: . Show that owners are responsible for the whole lifecycle (designing, building, maintaining, budgeting) of what they own; . Help assign ownership to committees, teams and individuals; . Define clear accountability for committees, making sure to leave enough design freedom for autonomous teams.
You have a strong counterforce in place against the common decay of Enterprise Design, which helps you support a managed evolution towards a well-designed enterprise.
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