Check your architectural maturity

There are a lot of angles to working within an architectural structure. In order effectively structure your architectural function, it is essential to set priorities. You cannot do everything at once, and fortunately, you don’t have to. The architectural maturity matrix can help you to make the right decisions.

We have identified 17 focus areas that play a role when it comes to working within an architectural structure. In this context, it is important to pay attention to the elaboration of the architectural function. Together, these key areas represent two dimensions: the organisation’s level of thinking in terms of architecture and architecture’s incorporation in the organisation. It is important to pay sufficient attention to each focus area relating to working within an architectural structure. This does not mean, however, that each focus area needs to be given the same amount of attention at any given time.

There is a certain logical order in which to address the different aspects of working within an architectural structure. In other words: the focus areas and the levels that we have distinguished within these areas can be placed in a specific order. Furthermore, a focus area does not need to be perfectly attended to in every detail from the outset. Various levels of maturity can be distinguished within each of the different focus areas.
The following chart shows the levels of all 17 focus areas and their hierarchy.

You can read more in this white paper.