Not long ago, I got an e-mail from someone I had not met, directed from this blog.  He had used the diagram I had presented in a prior post (One EA Team, Three EA Functions) to convince his CIO that their company needed Enterprise Architecture.  Direct Quote:

“Today I presented EA to our CIO and he bought the idea. Your BPMN diagram was key to the sale cause we are used to deal with activity diagrams as part of our RUP projects and he understood the process perfectly.”

First off, I really enjoy getting feedback like this.  It is good to know that my efforts to (describe / educate / challenge / annoy) the business of IT planning actually has some positive effects.

What this particular reader did not know is that I go beyond providing the process model by itself.  I created a poster, based around that same diagram, with surrounding context.  That poster is on the door to my office.  I have also circulated it with many folks here inside MSFT, all with positive remarks.

So, in the spirit of sharing, and in the hope that someone else may also find it useful, I’ll include a link to a PDF file with the full poster that I use.  (For best results, print on 11×17 (tabloid) sized paper on a color printer.)

Business Functions of EA.pdf