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Introduction to the 5-P Methodology for Enterprise Initiatives

By Edwin Anand, Enterprise Architect, Tata Consultancy Services


Enterprises spend a lot of time and money on undertaking initiatives that should rightly help the organization meet its objectives. However, despite the best intent and effort, many initiatives fail to create the intended impact. A fool-proof way of pre-empting such failures would be to institute Enterprise Architecture Governance via a suitable framework such as TOGAF, Zachmann, etc. Such a system should provide an Overarching Guidance at an organization level, Resources that can be deployed as early enablers and Processes that are palatable across the organization. Enterprise initiatives in such an organization can be strengthened by Enterprise Architects acting as coaches to guide, help and mentor tactical and operational associates driving these initiatives. However, the cost to deploy such a mechanism and the ability of an organization to reach to such maturity is more often a far-fetched and desirable state than a reality. Sub-groups and smaller teams are looking for immediate guidance in ensuring the success of their initiatives and projects without having to wait for an overarching EA framework or group to provide the direction and guidance. Upon successfully deploying such a methodology, in due time, when the enterprise as a whole seeks to deploy an EA framework such as TOGAF, the methodology can be used as a Solution (Ex. part of Opportunities and Solution in TOGAF ADM)

This paper introduces a light-weight Methodology titled 5-P that presents a simple approach to managing outcomes. It can help departmental/small teams roll out initiatives that can drive towards successful deployment of enterprise initiatives. It discusses the key themes that would help manage outcomes and steer initiatives towards success. It does not, however, delve into intricate details and readers should not expect it to serve as a ready-to-use toolkit.