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Best Practices to Improve Business Results

Best practices are proven methods, processes, practices, and systems that implement and sustain internal business processes. Use of best practices optimizes reliable, timely, and quality products and services. The Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Program Management Office (PMO) Action Plan for 2005 – 2006 promotes identifying both government- and industry-proven best practices to guide the development of business-driven common solutions.

Even though federal agencies have unique missions and goals, many processes, standards, and policies are common across the government. Sharing best practices — knowledge and lessons learned concerning these processes, standards, and policies — can improve the quality and efficiency of programs while reducing their costs.

The Enterprise Architecture Best Practices provided on this site present successfully tried and proven concepts, methods, processes and examples that Enterprise Architects can use in their practice to enhance their Enterprise Architecture's value to the business and improve the results their agency mission areas achieve.

Sample Documents

HUD Performance Architecture
This document contains detailed measurement indicators that align with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Performance Reference Model (PRM) for selected Vision 2010 initiatives.

HHS CPIC Lessons Learned
Lessons learned from Integrating EA review within overall HHS CPIC budget cycle.

DOL IT Quick Reference Guide
This IT Investment Management - Quick Reference Guide is designed for U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Information Technology (IT) Project Managers (PMs) as a handy overview of key investment management concepts and practices.


DOL EA Instructional Template v4
Tracking updates and associated responsibilities as your project moves through the SDLCM lifecycle and/or your agency revises or adds to its "Target" business/IT vision.

Methodology for Business Transformation (MBT)
A business-driven EA Approach to business transformation and integrated change, developed, validated and practiced by the US Department of Interior’s Enterprise Architecture Team.

Instructional Target Enterprise Architecture Template

Guidance v1.2
The DOL Enterprise Architecture Requirements and Guidance provides detailed instructions for developing, correcting, updating, completing, and maintaining Agency Enterprise Architectures (EAs) via the Department of Labor Enterprise Architecture Management System, otherwise known as DEAMS.

HUD Segment Architecture Development Guidance
Segment Architecture Development Guidance provides instructions and work product templates to develop segment architecture, and enhance decision-making during the definition and execution of business and information technology (IT) modernization initiatives.

Governance Processes (e.g. CPIC & EA integration)

20_DOE EA Configuration Management Plan
Configuration management (CM) of the DOE Enterprise Architecture (DOE EA) Program entails the usage of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Portal, the DOE Enterprise Architecture Repository (DEAR), and any other method for developing, maintaining, storing, tracking, etc. artifacts of the DOE EA Program.

HHS CPIC Procedures
The purpose of the Health and Human Services Information Technology Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) Procedures is to define the processes and activities necessary to optimize HHS’s Information Technology (IT) portfolio.

The CPIC process is an integrated, structured methodology to managing IT investments, which ensures that IT investments align with HHS’ mission and support business needs while minimizing risks and maximizing returns throughout the investment’s lifecycle.

EPA EA Configuration Management Plan
This Configuration Management Plan (CMP) provides the basis for identifying artifacts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Enterprise Architecture (EA) Program, managing change to these items in a controlled and coordinated manner and maintaining accurate records of change and copies of those artifacts that are subject to change management. .