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Adrian Grigoriu

TOGAF needs transparency and a a public roadmap

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For a start, I sympathise with Tom's view.

Len is quoted to say that "The Open Group and TOGAF will not change their concept of enterprise architecture until the community as a whole does".

I think too that Open Group, as a company, plays an administrative rather than technical role in defining TOGAF. The member companies (representatives), that is the "community", does that.

To be fair, the community is not really the community of users at large but rather that of member companies (representatives).

As such Open Group, the company that does administration, cannot change TOGAF, in theory.
Still, while I was Chief Architect at TMForum, as an admin company, the intention was exactly that, to work across thematic member groups, find out the gaps and issues and supply, in agreement, an overall direction and roadmap for Frameworx (their framework) in order to render it more palatable and useful, as an EA framework, for the customers in the digital media industry at least.

I did that. It didn't work in the end but not because the direction was not sound or lacked agreement but because when egos flared and things got hot, as they do in case of critical change, the company management rather backed down and scaled down the role.

TOGAF moves too slowly in who knows what direction while it becomes irrelevant. In the meantime, because of its clout, it hinders the development of other EA approaches.

The problem is that TOGAF is driven by committee. One needs a strong chief architect, to move things forward in the right direction.

TOGAF, at first, must be made consistent, be trimmed and reorganised in essentials and separate good practices chapters. Then it must be supplemented with the missing parts. To speed up the process, it can adopt the goods from other approaches, with credits given, as with Archimate. After all, it is a public framework

Last but not least, TOGAF needs a roadmap made public at that with firm deliverables and milestones. That is, TOGAF needs transparency. So that the true community of users, rather than the members alone, know what to expect and are able to prepare, comment and contribute. For my part, I know little of what to expect from TOGAF.

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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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