Last week I spent four days on the TOGAF 9.1 (The Open Group Architecture Framework) training course presented by ‘Architecting the Enterprise’ so thought I’d provide a brief review here.
I have been thinking about becoming TOGAF certified for a while as it seems to be becoming a bit of a de-facto standard and requirement for many architecture roles. Initially I tried to reading the somewhat large and horrifically written TOGAF 9 book. My advice, don’t..
So I approached the course with some trepidation knowing how dry the material was. However I was pleasantly surprised! The course was well presented, and made the material considerably more palatable than I expected based on how the book is written.
The course was split into the same basic sections as the book, covering some enterprise architectural history and overview material, the TOGAF process, the ADM (Architecture Development Method), ADM Guidelines and techniques, the Architecture Content Framework, the Enterprise Continuum and tools (star trek fans much??), TOGAF reference models, and the TOGAF capability framework.
Overall a lot of content was covered, which included everything you need to know in order to understand and utilise the TOGAF principles at work. All the slides presented were provided on CD, along with a revision / crib book. As far as I can tell this should be enough to pass the exam – I’ll let you know as soon as I get round to sitting it.
As with most courses of this type, one of the key side benefits is meeting a group of people from different businesses with various views of project and architectural processes.
Regarding TOGAF, the main value for me is an overview of the process and getting to grips with the terminology; using TOGAF as a point of reference ensures architects from various backgrounds and disciplines and all have a frame of reference and common language.
Regarding the course, I’d definitely recommend Architecting the Enterprise and this TOGAF course. Even if becoming an enterprise architect is not your aim / ambition, you will find parts of TOGAF useful in most enterprises and to most architecture specialisations from business through data to technology.
I’ll provide an update on how the exam goes, likely in a few weeks..