Video 4 in the TOGAF Distilled series explores the contents of TOGAF 9.1, from describing a discipline, to outlining a process and a set of work products.
Our previous video in the TOGAF Distilled video blog series explained how to use TOGAF in conjunction with other Frameworks, but this week we take a closer look at the contents of TOGAF 9.1.
What are the contents of TOGAF 9.1?
Part I of the TOGAF documentation provides a simple overview of the core concepts and explains their benefits.
After that, it helps to think of the TOGAF body of knowledge as covering three areas:
Firstly, TOGAF describes a discipline - a way of thinking about the structure of an enterprise in a disciplined way.
Secondly, TOGAF outlines a process for architecting an enterprise.
and finally, TOGAF describes the set of work products that describe the structure of an enterprise.
With the appropriate level of EA capability in place, the EA team can follow a defined process or method. This is described in Part II – the Architecture Development Method or ADM. An effective method may need to be tailored to your needs, and TOGAF provide guidelines to this in Part III, along with supportive techniques.
The process produces work products, and these are described in Part IV – the Architecture Content Framework. Content needs to be stored and analysed using Tools, and these are described in Part V, along with the Enterprise Continuum – which is a way to leverage generic architectures and reference materials.Part VI describes the TOGAF Reference Models, supporting this idea of reusing generic architectures and solutions.
The enterprise needs to have in place the necessary organization structure, processes, skills, roles and responsibilities to set up and operate an architecture function. This is Part VII in TOGAF: the Architecture Capability Framework, which is about the discipline of EA.
Next week we take a look a closer look at the ADM Cycle which makes up Part II of the TOGAF Framework discussed earlier - but if you can't wait until then, sign up to our YouTube Channel now.