Next Generation Segment Architecture Guidance

The eGov Enterprise Architecture conference is just around the corner and the plenary session is "An Overview of the Next Generation of EA Practice Guidance" featuring Colleen Coggins (DOI), Kshemendra Paul (OMB), Marlene Howze (DOL), John Teeter (HHS), and Rich Von Bostel (DOJ).

One key component of this next generation guidance will be a methodology for developing and using segment architecture. At the recent ArchitectureGov event, this topic was presented by Colleen Coggins, John Teeter, and Marlene Howze. The presentation displayed a top level visual reflecting standard steps, activities, and tasks for working with business owners to develop and use segment architecture. The presentation featured a list of 13 federal organizations that have participated in bringing this methodology to life.

The concept of a standard methodology for segment architecture is an encouraging sign for the enterprise architecture discipline. There are too many instances of organizations re-inventing the terms, processes, and techniques associated with this discipline. A standard methodology would provide all federal organizations a core approach to segment architecture -- contractors would be on the same page, tool vendors would support, contract language could standardize. Too often terminology and definitional issues get in the way of progress. By following the same process for segment architecture development, organizations and their contractors will be able to work more closely together on the many inter-agency challenges that we face.