Examining the Biggest Mistakes Architectural Teams Make

Started last year, the Chief Architect Forum (CAF) has already become an incredible resource for IT architects worldwide.

It has fulfilled its promise when it comes to sharing best practices and raising important issues for architects to discuss.

Case in point, the members were recently asked about what are the biggest mistakes you’ve seen in running an architecture team?

One suggested that it is when the leader is “too theoretical, too ego-driven, too unwilling to help write down a complete process (from requirements and customers through to product) as well as the inability to collaborate.”

Another added that mistakes were made when they “try to realize quick wins by focusing on low hanging fruit and losing sight of strategic vision.” Second, there’s a “gap in architecture delivery and strategic vision resulting in tech debt and rework.”

The third member noted the flaws in “failing to strike strong partnerships/relationships with business and delivery leaders,” or not “establishing KPIs to measure architecture success and maturity.”

Blind trust was another problem area, with one member noting that “assuming consistent knowledge and application of principles from individuals titled as architect, yet they do not understand foundational principles such as governance.

Some approaches that are fraught with problems include:

  • Working in isolation
  • Staying too abstract. (We need to relate our work with the ground activities that drive value.)
  • Lead architect not owning the end-to-end solution, i.e., poor stakeholder management.”

Another added that architects make mistakes when they are “being too theoretical, too ego-driven, too unwilling to help write down a complete process (from requirements and customers through to product).”

The above is just a thin slice of the insights that CAF offers to its membership.

About CAF

The CAF is a collaborative community for Chief Architect executives and thought leaders leading Enterprise Architecture practices at Fortune 500 scale across sizable architecture communities.

The purpose of the CAF, which is supported by Iasa Global, is to test, challenge and support the state of the art and science for Business and Technology Architecture and its evolution over time.

This Forum’s membership is passionate about the importance of Business Technology Architecture and their shared ambition is for this to become the preeminent, cross-industry, global meeting place for leaders in Architecture.

To join, visit: https://chiefarchitectforum.org/apply-to-join/