Integrating Enterprise SOA Architecture with Scrum Development Methodology

Steven Driver, Airlines Reporting Corporation

Many processes used to implement an enterprise architecture are in conflict with the agile development approach. An effective enterprise architecture framework represents the organization as it is today and as it is envisioned in the future. However, a key agile concept is that we design and build for today-and worry about the future only when it arrives. Steven Driver has found that a small change to the Scrum process flow allows easy integration of an enterprise architecture into the agile development of new systems. The translation of enterprise architecture into application architecture requires critical touch points within the Scrum process to emphasize service-based development required within the sprints. By combining an enterprise architecture approach using SOA (service-oriented architecture) and the Scrum development methodology, an organization can achieve effective system development-in both the short and long term.

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