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Enterprise architecture roadmaps: think like a startup

WWSD... What would a startup do?That's the question every organization, no matter how large, needs to consider in making both technology and business plans and decisions.
Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on

WWSD... What would a startup do?

That's the question every organization, no matter how large, needs to consider in making both technology and business plans and decisions.

Through his ongoing posts, Mike Kavis has been documenting, from his own experiences, what goes on in the world of tech-savvy startups these days, and observes that there are many things a large corporate organization can learn from startups.

So what's the startup approach to roadmapping good enterprise architecture? Start with the future in mind, Mike advises. Don't get stuck in trying to map around with the current configuration. Larger enterprises are stuck with many legacy assets they need to work and twist their processes around. "If you start with the current state you immediately constrain the innovation process for future state," he says.

"The next time you have a roadmapping exercise, don’t start by analyzing what exists.  Start with a blank sheet of paper and ask “If we were a startup and were starting business today, what would the future state look like?”

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