TOGAF 9.1 Series — ADM Guidelines and Techniques

Have you ever heard of TOGAF and never really understood it? In my TOGAF 9.1 series of articles, I will give you summary points what TOGAF is and what you will learn in TOGAF.

I have written the TOGAF exam a while back. I thought that writing this series will let me review the TOGAF content and believe that it would be valuable to others. It is always a good practice to regularly review the contents of a topic that you have learned.

I’m not going to rewrite the official TOGAF books content in my article series. Some sections will only contain bullet points of key terms used in TOGAF. Always reference the official TOGAF book for more details.

Legal Points

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The contents in my article series are my opinions and in no way reflects the views of The Open Group.

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Figure 1: TOGAF Version 9.1 book

ADM Guidelines and Techniques

Guidelines for Adapting the ADM Process

  • Applying iterations to the ADM
  • Applying the ADM across the Architecture Landscape
  • Security Architecture and the ADM
  • Using TOGAF to define and govern SOAs

Techniques for Architecture Development

  • Architecture Principles
  • Stakeholders Management
  • Architecture Patterns
  • Business Scenarios
  • Gap Analysis
  • Migration Planning Techniques
  • Interoperability Requirements
  • Business Transformation
  • Risk Management
  • Capability-Based Planning

Applying Iterations to the ADM

Iteration Cycles

Architecture Capability Iteration

  • Between Phases Preliminary and A
  • Between Phases H and Preliminary

Architecture Development Iteration

  • Between Phases B to F

Transition Planning Iteration

  • Between Phases E and F

Architecture Governance Iteration

  • Between Phases G and H

Classes of Architecture Engagement

Identification of Required Change

  • Supporting Business Strategy
  • Architectural Portfolio Management of the Landscape
  • Architectural Portfolio Management of Projects

Definition of Change

  • Architectural Definition of Foundational Change Initiatives
  • Architectural Definition of Bounded Change Initiatives

Implementation of Change

  • Architectural Governance of Change Implementation

Approaches to Architecture Development

Baseline First

  • Assessment of the baseline landscape is used to identify problem areas and improvement opportunities.

Target First

  • Elaborated in detail and then mapped back to the baseline in order to identify change activities.

Hierarchy of ADM Processes

Phase F, used to initiate new cycle of ADM.

Strategic Architecture -> Segment Architecture -> Capability Architecture

Originally published at on March 21, 2016.

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