TOGAF Demystification Series: Overview


Confusedfew weeks back I sat in on a TOGAF 9.1 training course that I had my team ramp up on. This training was two fold, up-level the knowledge of enterprise architecture team on EA methods and it also served as a tool to understand the gaps in our own EA Framework (which is based on TOGAF) and enhance for our next stage of maturity.  

Throughout the training I observed several misconceptions, open questions and even some concerns with TOGAF. As I sat and listened I reflected on what I’ve heard about TOGAF in the past. They were all very similar to the debates I hear on Linkedin, Twitter, blogs and many other forums. Some have a lot of merit while others not so much. 

So, I jotted a few of the big ones down with a little bit of context and thought I would generalize them into something that would be useful for all of you to leverage or learn about. I am going to check the EA dogma at the door and be as factual as possible. It’s important for us to factually all about this topic and not get burdened by option or bias. 

 Below are the myths or facts I will create posts for in this TOGAF Demystification series. Expect this to flow out over the course of the next few weeks:

  1. TOGAF Sucks:  Incomplete and Complex
  2. TOGAF vs. [Insert Architecture Framework Here]: What you need to know about comparing frameworks
  3. TOGAF Certification is a Weak
  4. TOGAF Certification = Enterprise Architecture Certification
  5. TOGAF = Open Group
  6. TOGAF is too Ridged and Academic 
  7. TOGAF is a Framework
  8. TOGAF is Enterprise IT Architecture (EITA) not Enterprise Architecture (EA)

If there are any other topic you want me to cover, please leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts as well. 


0 thoughts on “TOGAF Demystification Series: Overview”

  1. TOGAF Sucks: Incomplete and Complex—>Fred: Not really true for the purpose It attend to achieve i.e. IT investment maximization but totally incomplete for any broader purpose (but there are plenty of tools and skills already in the broader whole entreprise scope)
    TOGAF vs. [Insert Architecture Framework Here]: What you need to know about comparing frameworks—>Fred:TOGAF vs PEAF, I would be curious also TOGAF vs MIT CSR EA model
    TOGAF Certification is a Weak—>Fred:I used to agree on that because It tooks me years and sweat to have my TMF certifications while some of my newbies friends got TOGAF certified in 3 days. Hence I decided not to pass It even tough I paid for the preparation material and prometric suscription
    TOGAF Certification = Enterprise Architecture Certification—>Fred: Yes It is, I have recently been interviewed by Gartner for a principal job where they asked me for TOGAF certification I was mad and decided to finish up with that **** certification
    TOGAF = Open Group—>Fred: Yes It is
    TOGAF is too Ridged and Academic —>Fred: Not true at all
    TOGAF is a Framework—>Fred: 100% true
    TOGAF is Enterprise IT Architecture (EITA) not Enterprise Architecture (EA)—>Fred: There is no such a think as EITA there is EA which core trigger is IT anyone saying something else I pick him up on my next M&A due diligence to see how broad a business can be and how narrow (IT focused on purpose) but efficient the current EA is.


  2. @Fred: Thanks for the comments, I can relate to a few of them. Keep in mind that these are not my opinions nor assertions that I’m making. Just what I hear from a variety of different forums.
    With that said, with every myth there is some truth. I will dig into each one through these common myths/complaints.
    That’s interesting about Gartner. Would love to hear more. FOr example, was TOGAF certification a prerequisite (or highly favored) for the job?
    Thanks again Fred.


  3. Hi Mike,
    I really enjoyed reading your TOGAF articles and found the content very useful.
    I’ve recently been promoted to the position of Data Architect, but there has been no real support for me in terms of education or colleagues to guide me. This made me start looking for training/certification of sorts.
    There doesn’t seem to be anything specifically targeted at Data Architecture per se (happy to be corrected if you know of something that is) so I’m looking at TOGAF. I know this is not specifically targeted at Data Architects, but I believe there is some relevant content.


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