Governance to establish architecture standards
Governance process is the effort to establish the EA standards in supporting the engineering of reuse. It is similar to the legislative processes to establish the law in the people oriented civil community.
The purpose of EA standardization is to implement the engineering of reuse. EA standardization is not for the shake standardization for looks good and uniformity .
LEA suggests the EA standards item must be selective on the common objects for a value of reuse rather tries to set standards on every thing. The first toward standardization is to qualify if the item is worth of setting a standard at all. Standardization is not a magic bullet for reuse, many EA programs conduct indiscriminate standardization on every items, it requires significant investment of time and effort to establish standards.
To set a standard is similar to establish the law; EA standards must be enforceable. It is meaningless to set standards as the reference only approach.
EA standard is not a burden
EA standard is not a burden to the stakeholders, it is enable the agility, simplicity and cost efficiency. It is only a burden from the aspect of stovepipe culture where people used to do whatever they think is the best. Where learning experience from the others, reuse and share is not a concern. The price of the freedom in stovepipe system culture is redundant effort with Significant investment of time and resources.
The scope of standards
Most of EA standards put the effort on technology standards. However, EA standards do not only include technology standards but also business process standards, application standards, data standards. The fact is that standardization in the area of business process, application and data every carry more value than technology standardization.