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From my book:

13.6 Different roles of an enterprise architect

Below is a list of the roles which should be effectively fulfilled by any enterprise architect in order to use EA as a tool for improving an enterprise.

  • Scribe who keeps up to date the documentation about EA artefacts and the relationships between them. This is the traditional role of an enterprise architect.
  • Scout who brings new technologies into the enterprise.
  • Salesman who finds good arguments for investments in not-so-obvious improvements.
  • Superman who is usually asked to provide a quick rescue for a rotten IT project, often by completing during the weekend work that should have been done over many man-months!
  • Sociologist who has to understand the concerns and fears of everyone in the enterprise.
  • Servant who is at the service of all others in the enterprise.
  • Scientist who uses scientifically proven methods in his/her work.
  • Student who is ready to learn quickly new technologies, new tools and new business domains.
  • Shepherd who can guide others.
  • Secretary “de luxe” who helps others to do some work (although this may be considered as a rather low qualification, it is nonetheless important to achieve the common goal).
  • Skipper who can lead complex projects.


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