Agile Path Practices

AgilePath's Lean Enterprise Governance Practice

AgilePath's Lean Enterprise Governance Practice is a management consulting service focused on the application of our Lean Governance Manifesto principles to the analysis, design, implementation, change management and performance monitoring of Enterprise and IT Governance requirements.

AgilePath believes that a rightsized, lean and efficient Enterprise Governance model is essential for driving competitive advantage and improved business performance through appropriate and effective governance capabilities, processes, policies and technologies.

AgilePath applies the Lean Governance Manifest to the following Enterprise Governance areas:

  • Enterprise Governance (Business and Operations), e.g. business capability portfolio management, procurement governance, enterprise program management, and more.
  • Enterprise IT Governance, e.g. IT investment planning, portfolio management, Enterprise Architecture, SDLC governance, Program Management Office (PMO) governance, IT Security & Privacy, and more.
  • Risk and Compliance Governance (Corporate risk & compliance, IT risk & compliance)
  • Corporate Governance integration with Enterprise Governance and IT Governance
  • Emerging Technology Governance, e.g. Cloud Governance, Big Data Governance, Social and Mobile Governance, SOA Governance, Enterprise Data Governance
  • Enterprise Architecture and PMO Governance


“That Governance is best that governs best with least.”
Eric Marks, CEO, AgilePath Corporation


AgilePath Corporation:  Enterprise Governance Pioneer
AgilePath is an Enterprise Governance pioneer, bringing innovation, scientific approaches and proven methodologies to the Enterprise Governance industry. Let’s face it, there has not been a lot of innovation in Enterprise Governance or IT Governance in a decade, and AgilePath is fixing that with innovations that include the following:

  • Lean Governance Manifesto
  • Event-Driven Governance™ Framework
  • Scaled Agile Governance Framework
  • Scaled Agile Governance for Risk & Compliance Environments
  • Governance Re-engineering, Integration, Consolidation and Rationalization
  • IT Shareholder Model of Governance
  • Governance Process Outsourcing and Managed Services
  • Governance Process Templates for key domains
  • Cloud Governance Lifecycle
  • Big Data Governance Framework
  • More

AgilePath's research and best practices come from years of analysis, design and implementation of various Enterprise Governance domains, from Corporate, Enterprise Business and IT Governance to and Enterprise IT Strategy, Investment Planning and Portfolio Management, SOA Governance and Data Governance, and SDLC Governance and ITIL integration.

AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Practice is based on multiple frameworks, methodologies and reference models, which have been applied across AgilePath's Commercial and Public Sector client base.

AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Playbook™ Methodology brings a robust body of science, theory and pragmatic, proven implementation experience to the Enterprise Governance industry. AgilePath's practice begins with our Enterprise Governance Framework and AgilePath's Governance Four Tier Model, which provide the master reference models and enterprise context for understanding various Enterprise Governance challenges, mapping them into the Enterprise structure and organization, and developing solutions to improve performance and drive business, IT and shareholder value.

A Lean Governance Manifesto

Develop a model for an efficient, effective, scalable and friction-free enterprise governance framework, which we call Event-Driven Governance.

The Lean Governance Manifesto and Event-Driven Governance™
AgilePath’s Lean Governance Manifesto revolutionized the design and structure of Enterprise Governance Models with the introduction of the Event-Driven Governance™ concept. Event-Driven Governance emphasizes a model of agile, lightweight governance whereby oversight processes and governance boards are triggered by governance events, such as gate reviews, exceptions, escalations, and the like.

In this governance model design approach, a lean yet highly effective Enterprise Governance model can be implemented that is not bloated with governance committees and review boards, but rather is enabled and empowered by Event-Driven concepts.

Benefits of Event-Driven Governance include the following:

  • Implement a lean, lightweight governance model with fewer standing governance boards, committees and meetings
  • Realize benefits of self-governance, collaborative governance and on-demand policy enforcement mechanisms
  • Target your governance efforts for the important decisions, policies or oversight needs of your enterprise through a more effective governance model design
  • Implement a balanced governance model in which clarity of policies and processes helps lessen the over-dependence on manual, committee-driven governance models
  • Re-engineer existing IT governance processes to achieve a simple, lean and effective Enterprise Governance model


To learn more about Event-Driven Governance access our whitepapers.

AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Framework, Methodologies and Tools
Description: AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Framework

AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Framework is illustrated below. This model provides the master Enterprise context for decomposing governance challenges against this functional view.

In addition, to this Framework, AgilePath's Four Tiered Governance Model tool provides an organizational, functional and process relationship view of Enterprise Governance to help identify governance ownership, organizational placement, and governance integration threads.
Beginning with these initial Enterprise Governance frameworks and tools, AgilePath can quickly isolate on your critical governance requirements, and craft ways to analyze, design, implement and sustain your target state Enterprise Governance model via change management, organizational design, and mentoring.

Description: AgilePath's Four Tiered Governance Model

AgilePath has been on the forefront of Enterprise Governance for years, beginning with commercial governance projects as early as 2005. The Company's Enterprise Governance practice is based on its proven Enterprise Governance Playbook™, and is supported by a wide variety of Enterprise Governance diagnostic tools and frameworks, including the following:

  • Enterprise Governance Playbook™
  • AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Framework
  • Four Tiered Governance Model™
  • Enterprise Governance Reference Model™
  • Enterprise Governance SWOT (GSWOT) and SPOT Assessment Tools

Contact us learn more about our Lean Governance solutions.

Scaled Agile Governance Framework
AgilePath has recently extended its Lean Governance Manifesto principles to Scaled Agile Governance and Scaled Agile for Risk & Compliance Environments. These Scaled Agile Governance innovations close a gap in Scaled Agile by establishing a new framework that will enable Agile to fit into Enterprise Governance, IT Governance and Compliance & Risk without hampering the Agile delivery process. 

This new framework introduced the following key concepts:

  • Event-Driven Governance™ Principles applied to Agile/Scaled Agile
  • Agile Governance Buffer Zone:  An organizational design that shields Agile development teams from “typical” Enterprise Governance challenges, e.g. Slow, complexity and friction, seeming lack of urgency for decision making.
  • A new Process:  The Agile Governance Lifecycle
  • A new Agile artifact: The Governance Backlog
  • A new Agile role:  The Agile Governance Owner
  • A new process:  Agile Pre-Governance

Taken together, this Scaled Agile Governance framework will seamless fit into your Agile process framework, and will allow IT Governance oversight without slowing the pace of Agile delivery teams.

To learn more about Scaled Agile Governance, Download the whitepaper or listen to the Webinar:


Cloud Governance and the Cloud Governance Lifecycle

AgilePath extended its Enterprise Governance thought leadership to Cloud computing by defining and end-to-end Cloud Governance Lifecycle.  This framework can be used to define the complete Cloud governance requirements for your enterprise, from Cloud strategy and investment planning to Cloud architecture, security, providers and service onboarding, Cloud management and monitoring, and more.  AgilePath’s Cloud Governance Lifecycle is illustrated below. 

We have also template this model for easily tailoring to an organization in a focused engagement.  

To learn more about AgilePath’s Cloud Governance Lifecycle and the Cloud Governance Template.

  • Download Cloud Governance Lifecycle Whitepaper
  • View the Cloud Governance Lifecycle Webinar
  • Request information about the Cloud Governance Template


Big Data Governance

With the rapid adoption of Big Data and NoSQL technologies, the Business Intelligence and Analytics industry is undergoing a radical transformation.  Traditional BI tools are not built for the data sets, size and volume ushered in by Big Data advancements.  Furthermore, the requirements and challenges of data governance are significantly challenged by the adoption of Big Data tools and capabilities.

AgilePath has developed a framework to close the Data Governance gaps that are being exposed with the adoption of Big Data and NoSQL tools.  The illustration below highlights the scope and requirements of Data Governance in the Age of Big Data:

AgilePath will apply the Big Data Governance to your enterprise to not only close the Data Governance gaps exposed by the adoption of Big Data, but we will also look across the entire Enterprise data governance landscape to design and implement a robust Enterprise Data Governance model for your full spectrum of Data Governance needs. Below is an illustration of this holistic data governance concept:


To learn more about AgilePath’s Big Data Governance Framework,

  • Download Big Data Governance Whitepaper
  • View the Big Data Governance Webinar
  • Request information about the Big Data Governance Framework and its application to your enterprise


Governance Process Outsourcing and Managed Services
AgilePath has developed a series of templated Enterprise Governance frameworks that lend themselves to Governance Process Outsourcing and Managed Services approaches for our Clients. In the role of Governance Service Provider (GSP), AgilePath will assume complete responsibility for all of your end-to-end Enterprise Governance requirements, or focus our efforts on specific underperforming governance domains, e.g. Program Management Office (PMO), Enterprise Architecture, Portfolio Management, SOA Governance, or others.

Benefits of this approach include the following:

  • Outsource the politics of governance, while streamlining and achieving performance and key metrics from focused governance.
  • Achieve rapid improvements in Governance performance, while allowing your team to focus on other areas of IT value.
  • Close critical governance gaps while you rethink your Enterprise Governance approach, staffing model, and performance targets to rebuild internal skills and knowledge
  • Drive financial efficiencies by leveraging the resources, knowledge and skills of a dedicated Governance Service Provider

To learn more about Governance Managed Services and Governance Process Outsourcing, Contact AgilePath at

Based on AgilePath's research and client experiences, there are many reasons why organizations choose to rethink their Enterprise Governance capabilities:

  • Strengthen IT Strategic Planning and Investment Planning Processes
  • Drive shareholder value through improved operations and execution
  • Run “IT as a Business” to generate a true Return on Investment
  • Deliver Business Services and IT Capabilities at "Cloud Speed"
  • Support adoption of emerging technology by adding new Governance domains and disciplines, e.g. Mobile, App Store, SOA, Data Governance, Cloud computing
  • Integration, consolidation and elimination of IT Governance silos and establish an integrated Enterprise Governance Framework
  • Right-size and rationalize policies, procedures and processes to enable Agile, Event-Driven and Effective Enterprise Governance
  • Drive superior IT Performance, Efficiencies and Cost Savings through improved Enterprise Governance

Additional Enterprise Governance Solutions and Capabilities
The following are additional AgilePath Enterprise Governance solutions and services offered by AgilePath Corporation under our Enterprise Governance practice:

  • Governance Consolidation and Rationalization: AgilePath will assess your current Enterprise Governance model and identify areas for consolidation, simplification and rationalization using our proven methodologies. AgilePath's solutions will replace your governance silos with governance gears, which connect to enable superior performance.
  • Governance Performance Assessments: AgilePath will leverage its Enterprise Governance Playbook to assess your current governance performance, using industry metrics and benchmarks. A Governance Performance Assessment will help you identify ways to improve your governance capabilities.
  • Enterprise Policy Assessment and Rationalization: AgilePath will leverage its Enterprise Policy Model framework to inventory your Enterprise Policies, prioritize those policies, and then rationalize them to a meaningful enterprise policy model. Many enterprises have conflicting, outdated, redundant or irrelevant policies that are sources of confusion and friction. Rationalizing policies is a first step toward simplifying your Enterprise Governance Model.
  • Governance Dashboard Design and Implementation: AgilePath will help you design and implement a Governance Dashboard that will help you manage critical governance processes, and more importantly monitor performance metrics for key domain governance requirements. What is measured gets done. A Governance Dashboard is critical to ensuring business and IT Performance via a best-in-class Enterprise Governance model.
  • Enterprise Governance Change Management Services: AgilePath understands that change management is critical to ensuring that your to-be governance model “takes hold” in your organization, based on the corporate culture and particular dynamics of your enterprise. AgilePath's change management capabilities build on behavior sciences approaches to change the culture and behavior, and support those changes with incentives and rewards.
  • Organizational Design and Governance Alignment: Enterprise Governance is typically necessary to offset weaknesses in various organizational designs. AgilePath's team can help you consider various organizational design approaches to optimize the performance of your organization, and enable the appropriate Enterprise Governance Model to enable optimal performance.
  • ITIL Integration with Enterprise Governance Processes: The wide industry adoption of ITIL has caused great demand for knowledge of how ITIL integrates with upstream and supporting domain governance requirements. AgilePath's team can help you implement ITIL such that it is not an ITIL silo, but rather is part of an integrated Enterprise Governance model.

AgilePath's Enterprise Governance Project Experience

Corporate Governance
AgilePath's team will help connect Corporate Governance to the business and IT governance processes that implement the goals and strategies devised by Corporate Governance.

Enterprise Governance
AgilePath's consulting team members understand how to define and implement enterprise governance processes and supporting policies for large, distributed and federated organizations based on various structural and organizational designs. Enterprise Governance requires a repeatable model of scaling governance processes for large scale enterprises, and AgilePath brings that experience.

Information Technology (IT) Governance
AgilePath works with clients to assess, model, define, and implement enterprise IT governance processes and supporting policies in alignment with business, mission, and IT objectives. Many of these engagements focus on IT strategy and planning, business and IT alignment, and IT investment planning processes based on the strategic priorities of the enterprise.

SOA Governance and Policy Enforcement
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance is the process of ensuring all business and IT stakeholders' interests are served by the planning, funding, and execution of an enterprise SOA initiative. AgilePath's SOA Playbook™ provides a medium to quickly assess, design, and plan for the implementation of key governance processes, policies, organizations, and tools to support a policy-drive SOA governance model.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) Governance
EA governance involves the oversight and conformance to the EA standards and policies of the organization, as well as input into key EA decisions. AgilePath helps organizations define and plan for implementation of robust enterprise architecture processes, enterprise architecture governance, and appropriate change management and implementation support to ensure that EA Governance is instilled in the culture and behavioral model of its clients' enterprises.

Data Governance
AgilePath has proven capabilities implementing data architecture and data governance processes for the United States Department of Defense (“DoD”) and Commercial enterprises, as well as transitioning from a data strategy to robust implementations of data services, canonical data models, and supporting vocabulary artifacts.

Enterprise Portfolio Management
AgilePath helps our clients plan and implement robust enterprise portfolio management processes, including IT portfolio management, services portfolio management, application portfolio, legacy portfolio rationalization, and capability portfolio management.

Program and Project Portfolio Governance
Program Governance refers to the oversight of major programs, projects, and initiatives from a cost, schedule, and performance perspective, often performed by a Program Management Office (“PMO”). A PMO is the department or group within an organization that defines and maintains the standards of process generally related to project management. AgilePath provides a roadmap to Program Governance that translates strategies and initiatives into action.

SDLC/Systems Engineering Governance
AgilePath has rich experience in connecting higher-level Enterprise Governance processes and polices to the systems engineering and software development lifecycle processes of large organizations. This focus on SDLC/Systems Engineering governance typically results in better on-time project delivery, reduced costs associated with project overruns, and better IT performance on behalf of the business.

Agile Development Governance
AgilePath also provides a lightweight governance framework for Agile software development, such that an organization can reap the benefits of Agile, while also realizing the transparency and control of best-in-class governance processes and capabilities. Agile development without appropriate governance can result in increased costs and risk.

Compliance and Risk Management
While many governance challenges can ultimately be viewed from a Compliance and Risk Management perspective, AgilePath's methodology and approach incorporate these as dimensions of the overall Enterprise Governance model. AgilePath's methodology, as we have demonstrated, works for any governance domain or focus area, including Compliance and Risk.

ITIL, ITSM, IT-CMF and other IT Operations Frameworks
AgilePath's methodologies and frameworks help organizations implement other industry governance frameworks by integrating them into core Enterprise Governance processes, and operationalizing them via AgilePath's Governance Reference Model. These industry frameworks require the detailed science and experience provided by AgilePath in order to be successful.


A Lean Governance Manifesto

Develop a model for an efficient, effective, scalable and friction-free enterprise governance framework, which we call Event-Driven Governance.

A Lean Governance

Develop a model for an efficient, effective, scalable and friction-free enterprise governance framework, which we call Event-Driven Governance.