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Activities and Goals of the Chapter

Based on key points coming out of the last meeting, I have laid out some of the activities and goals of the chapter:

 

  1. Chapter Introduction:
    1. I am putting together introductory material for the chapter. These will be shared by the next meeting, and will include:

                                                               i.      A brochure to provide an introduction and vision of the chapter

                                                             ii.      A chapter introduction page.

  1. Goal for 2018: High level Chapter goal for 2018, based on the chapter members input. 
    1. Relaunch of the chapter
    2. A goal of 20 members by the end of the year
  2. Cadence of Chapter Meetings – once monthly. Other, one-off meetings can be brought up as needed during the Chapter meetings.
  3. Key chapter activities.  A number of interesting topics were brought up, and I have added some content.  I look forward to feedback and engagement from our members in the next meeting.
    1. Networking: This was the number one value proposition seen by members.  The ability to discuss issues, evolving themes in the industry, etc., in a collegial, professional environment. It is proposed that at each Chapter Meeting a certain amount of time be spent on networking, in particular discussion and proposal of “issues of the day” by chapter members. This allows for a dialog between members, the introduction of new topics and themes that are of importance to the community, and the opportunity for all to be heard.  
    2. Career advancement with Enterprise Architecture as a profession.  The advantages of this were seen to include personal career fulfillment, providing their management a measure for accomplishment in the field.

                                                               i.      A number of ideas were brought up. Based on that, I am outlining the areas below:

        1. Formal education:
          1. Advanced education using formal programs that already exist (and their relevance to practitioners in the field).
          2. Continuing education credits, potentially through a badging program. Badges could be provided for attending conferences, certifications, published material, presentations, etc.
          3. Organization specific courses created as a partnership by Chapter members, academia and the Chapter.
        2. Conferences, both attended by members, facilitated by the chapter in liaison with organizations such as the ACM and the IEEE and
        3. Presentations and CXO/ EA working groups targeting topics of interest
    1. Engagement with Academia: Based on the opportunities for career advancement, and EA as a discipline, the chapter can engage with academia in 3 ways:

                                                               i.      Direct, curriculum based engagement through EA (MS/PhD) programs at Penn State, and potentially MIT, Harvard, Tufts and NEU (other schools are welcome)

                                                             ii.      Public-private relationships through case studies/ etc.

                                                           iii.      Free courses developed in conjunction with Academia and the Chapter and distributed either online or through other channels

                                                           iv.      Organizations specific materials created under the aegis of a partnership with the Chapter and Academic institutions.  In short, organization specific classes.

                                                             v.      Specific focused work on areas such as Digital Transformation/ Legacy Migration, Smart Cities, Digital Health, etc.

    1. Conferences on topics of interest: It was proposed that we conduct conferences, either on our own, or in liaison with organizations such as the ISACA, Open Group, ACM, IEEE, etc. Topics were not formalized, but areas of interest included Digital Transformation, Solutions and Enterprise Architecture, Business/ IT engagement, Information Security, etc. 
    2. Development of expertise in specific domains: – AI, API Management, BlockChain, setting up of an Enterprise Architecture Organization, EA Blueprinting, etc. This could include presentations, “Birds of a Feather” groups, etc.
    3. Liaison with other organizations: As the role of the EA typically intersects with other disciplines, it is proposed to form liaisons with these different areas.  In particular, the areas identified include CXO organizations local to the New England region, IEEE, ACM, Security Organizations (OWASP, etc.), ISACA, etc. This will get more formally codified in the following Chapter Meetings as we start gauging member membership, interest and commitment. The relationships with these organizations are dependent on the nature of what the Chapter want to achieve out of the relationship and will vary based on that.
    4. Engagement with Industry: As a part of career growth and networking it was proposed that each Chapter Member would seek to engage peers to join the Chapter. This would bring the best value to the companies that they work for as all the benefits of chapter membership would accrue.  The commitment from each new participant would be the cost of joining the AEA, which is a requirement for Chapter membership.
  1. Actionable execution on these various initiatives: The success of these initiatives depends on the amount of time that members will commit and the outcomes achieved.  Given these two key drivers, it is recommended that each be considered to be a project, with a “charter” that outlines what the project will do, potential deliverables, and interested parties.  I would recommend that each of these projects have chairs/co-chairs (preferably 2-3 per project) and members.  This also allows project teams to have a different cadence than the overall chapter, to execute at their own cadence.  Project reviews to the chapter/ Chair/ Vice Chair can be provided at each Chapter meeting or more frequently if needed.  That cadence can be a part of the project charter, and agreed to by the project chairs and the chapter chair and the chapter.
  2. Chapter officer roles.  Apart from the roles of Chair and Vice Chair, the chapter in order to operational needs to have the roles for Secretary and Treasurer, and with the different “Forums”/ “Projects” envisioned, roles for chairs for these projects.  For projects/ forums, following a process that has served us well in the Open Group, I would propose that each have Project or Forum have 2-3 co-chairs, in order to support flexibility and focus and manage the time commitment expectations from the members.
    1. The roles already committed to:

                                                               i.      Chair – Nikhil Kumar

                                                             ii.      Vice Chair – Lakshmanan Velayutham

                                                           iii.      Saurav Mukherjee and Satya Tanwar have also offered to help with the roles of Secretary and Treasurer.

    1. There was a request for role descriptions.  I am providing those descriptions below:

                                                               i.      Chair

        1. Direction
        2. Forums
        3. Share load with the secretary 
        4. Frequency and quality of activity
        5. Tenure – 3 years

 

                                                             ii.      Vice Chair

        1. Forums & leadership
        2. Frequency and quality of activity
        3. Tenure – 2 years

 

                                                           iii.      Secretary

        1. Minutes of the meeting
        2. Attendees
        3. Schedules
        4. Consistent meetings
        5. Annual activity reports
        6. Changes in contact and information

 

                                                           iv.      Treasurer

        1. Fees
        2. Event expenses
        3. Project level fees
        4. Etc. 

 

                                                             v.      Forum/ Project Chair for any projects/ forums created by the Chapter

        1. Chapter specific (not an AEA defined role)
        2. Helps define and lead the particular project
        3. Helps author the project charter. 
        4. Conducts recurring project meetings with other co-chairs and project team members.
        5. Authors deliverables / carries out activities in the execution of the project

 

  1. Scope of the chapter.  I would propose that we change the scope and title of the chapter to “the Greater New England Chapter”, to allow folks from other states to engage (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont).  This might result in some Chapter meetings being held in say Hartford or Nashua, though by and large most will be in the Boston Metro area. Some of the Connecticut members who live closer to New York are already members of the New York chapter and will continue to do so.
  2. Funding and fees.  
    1. While we decided not to impose fees on the Chapter yet, as the activities evolve each of the projects will involve funding. The Chapter does reserve the right to assess fees if there is a sufficient need and consensus.
    2. As the projects evolve, we will have to spell out how funds are raised for each project.
    3. The Chapter meetings are more informal at this point and are being held at the Burlington Marriot.  Members are expected to “pay” for their own meal/ drinks.


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