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TOGAF® Tutorials

Objective of Meeting

These special pre-conference tutorials, which were open to all participants at The Open Group Conference at Austin, were given by Jason Uppal of QRS, Canada.

The presentations at Austin expanded the previous pre-conference tutorial format by following the usual "Introduction to TOGAF" tutorial with an "Advanced Concepts" tutorial that included a case study/workshop.


An Overview of TOGAF

Jason Uppal's presentation is available here.

The Open Group has been active within the architecture domain for the last 15 years, developing and making freely available The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). With the increasing realization within the industry of the importance of enterprise architecture, TOGAF today is accepted and used around the world as the industry standard framework and method for enterprise architecture.

TOGAF is an open, industry standard framework and methodology for the design, evaluation, and implementation of enterprise architectures. It can be used at all levels of the enterprise from strategic to operational.

TOGAF is modular, allowing it to be used in part or complete in conjunction with other enterprise architecture methodologies (e.g., DODAF, FEA, Zachman) and with all types of business operating models.

This pre-conference tutorial provided an executive overview of TOGAF 9, the latest release of TOGAF, describing its key features and the benefits of using it within an organization. TOGAF 9 is an evolution of TOGAF 8.1.1 that preserves the core TOGAF ADM, and thereby preserves existing investments in TOGAF – investments in the knowledge and skills of people, and in tools.

TOGAF has been and continues to be evolved within The Open Group Architecture Forum. Its development has been guided by and based on the knowledge and experience of Open Group members who are practicing architects working for a wide range of enterprises throughout the world.

Advanced Concepts in Applying TOGAF 9:  Strategic Planning, Investment Governance, and Enterprise Architecture – Case Study and Workshop

Jason Uppal's presentation is available here.

Building on the preceding introduction, this tutorial focused on advanced applications of TOGAF, and gave a number of case studies as examples.

The tutorial addressed the question: How can a TOGAF-based enterprise architecture practice help improve enterprise planning and investment governance, and integrate itself into the enterprise value delivery lifecycle?

The main focus was on creating a continuous planning practice, in which the enterprise architect can make a difference by delivering the following results:

  • Total cost to plan and manage business/IT investment plan 
  • Time to plan (elapsed time to update and communicate the plan)
  • Plan accuracy – scope, timeline, and cost of project (planned versus actual)
  • Business goals – performance of new/refreshed capability (planned and actual)
  • Stakeholder satisfaction – are you meeting their needs?

The case studies were based on two real-life projects – one from a large investment firm and the second from a healthcare insurance firm.

The final part of this session was an Enterprise Planning and Enterprise Architecture Workshop, in which the scenario was: Assume a fictitious organization that has well-defined enterprise planning, investment governance, and enterprise architecture practice. The planning group receives more than 100 project requests during the annual planning cycle and requests continue to trickle in throughout the year. How can the enterprise planning group exploit both enterprise architecture and investment governance capabilities to manage the planning process and meet the needs of all the stakeholders?

After the workshop, the presenter committed to compile all the workshop input materials and make them available to attendees.


Participants received an excellent overview of the TOGAF framework and its Architecture Development Method (ADM), and the importance of The Open Group Architecture Forum in providing the development forum for TOGAF.

The Case Study and Workshop built on the Introduction by providing a practical example of the use of advanced concepts in TOGAF 9.

Next Steps

The tutorials were very well received, and will be repeated at future Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conferences. Additional tutorials, focusing on specific aspects of TOGAF 9, will also be included at future conferences.


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