FEA(F) Black Belt Certification Program Syllabus

01. CONCEPTS

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8660/ENGR 7800

Laws, Regulations, Concepts, Theories, Principles, Methodology — Creating Enterprise Architecture Understanding & Awareness (4 CEUs)

  • Definition of the “Enterprise” in Enterprise Architecture terms: Strategic, Business, Information, Data, Systems and IT architectures
  • Legislative Mandates and other Guidance and their relationships
  • The process and approach, the intended use, the lifecycle and the scope of the EA
  • EA Framework Views — Ballpark, Owners, Designers, Builders, Vendors to Functional Systems — Examples of Enterprise Architecture frameworks
  • Historical perspective of Enterprise Architecture — From Business through IT, Applications to Data
  • Best Practices, case studies and success stories
  • Techniques for “EA Thinking” and the Enterprise Architecture process according to CIO Council’s “A Practical Guide to Federal Enterprise Architecture”
  • Federal Enterprise Architecture Vision and Principles as per CIO Council’s “FEAF” V 1.1
  • GAO’s view of EA, OMB’s view of EA
  • Explore the Synergism of Enterprise Architecture and Program Management
  • EA — Bridging the Gap between Business and IT
  • Strategic visioning using Strategic Planning Models
  • Discuss how the “Target” Architecture can be started during “As-Is” Enterprise Architecture Planning
  • Chief Architects Forum updates

 

02. PLANNING

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8661/ENGR 7801

Preparation, Planning, Requirements For Business — Develop a SOW (Statement of Work), How to Institutionalize Governance & Management Foundations (4 CEUs)

  • Strategic Planning as the corner stone of EA
  • The Importance of Culture and how to change Culture in an Enterprise
  • First Examination the FEA-PMO Business Reference Models
  • Drivers: Reorganization, Modernization, Integration, eCommerce positioning, Business Cases
  • Defining the Business Architecture — taking into account businesses strategy, long term goals and objectives, the technological environment, and the external environment, location, politics, and strategic business planning
  • Determining Enterprise Architecture principles
  • Relating Information, Activities and Process to Organizational Units
  • Zachman about the evolution of requirements (top two rows of his Framework)
  • Zachman Framework as the universe for building a complex environment
  • TOGAF 8 Certification for a fee
  • Business case and benefits for developing an EA
  • How do Business Rules relate to an EA
  • Developing a Business Model
  • Managing the creation of an Enterprise Architecture in a Government business environment
  • Developing “As Is” Architecture Concepts
  • How to develop a Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
  • First Identification of Viable Enterprise Architecture projects for the practicum (Course 5)

 

03. IMPLEMENTATION

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8662/ENGR 7802

Using Internal Implementation, Marketing, Selling, & Sustainment To Manage Change (4 CEUs)

  • IT Architecture Methodologies (Zachman, IT Asset Framework, Boar, Student’s Own Framework) — review of basic concepts in light of an integrated repository
  • Activity based costing and cost/benefits analysis
  • Always the latest and best Case Studies of EA efforts
  • Developing performance measures: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecards (BSC and GPRA)
  • Visually Modeling Transition to Implementation
  • EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in Enterprise Architecture
  • Continuously refining the different EA’s relationships
  • Managing and incorporation of legacy systems as the basis for managing change and selling the EA
  • Project Management for large scale Enterprise Architecture systems
  • How to plan for Information Assurance with and within an EA
  • Planning Migration, Translation and Implementation strategies
  • Stakeholder communication strategies — internal and external marketing
  • How to create an Enterprise Architecture deliverable that is “actionable”
  • Maintaining/sustaining the architecture as an asset of the organization

 

04. INTEGRATION

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8663/ENGR 7803

Data, Application, Technology & How to Bridge Business to IT (4 CEUs)

  • Business views of an Information/Data architecture
  • Information Architecture as the common denominator for Interoperability
  • Detailed Examination of each of the FEA-PMO Business Reference Models
  • EA methods, products, and tools and the relevance of visual models in Enterprise Architecture
  • The Capital Planning and Investment Control process (CPIC) links to budget formulation and specific program outcomes
  • Information Standards, Information Exchange, Information Brokers, EAI
  • Relationships vs. Entities
  • Roles and State Transitions
  • Modeling data components, Object Oriented Concepts for the business views
  • Information as an asset
  • Linking applications to objects, activities and processes
  • Linking applications and systems
  • Modeling IT operational characteristics and behavior
  • How do Business Rules, Rules Engines and Application Development relate
  • Developing an integrated Infrastructure Architecture and relating it to the FEA PMO
  • Modeling data/system/platform distribution
  • Incorporating infrastructure data and its relationships in one repository framework

 

05. PRACTICUM

CSUEB Course: EXSP 8664

Practicum Project Development, Write-up and Presentation, Program Certification Exam (4 CEUs)

  • Sit for the Certification exam for professional Enterprise Architecture Certification (about 2 hours)
  • Formal presentations, critique and grading of individual and teamwork projects developed during the program’s practicum period based on the SOW developed in the beginning of the program (part of the learning experience)
  • A thesis like write up of the project to be published in the EA Zone of this website (of course depending on the level of sensitivity of the project)

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