10 years, 10 months ago


The Open Group committee made a conscious choice to encourage customization of TOGAF, since every organizational context is unique. After all, TOGAF is a framework, not something you swallow whole to get well.  If you look at the first BPMN sub-process below, “Select Reference Models, Viewpoints, and Tools” from Part II – ADM Phase B: Business Architecture, you can see that customization is built right into the process steps themselves.  

(See the text in TOGAF–>Part II – ADM–>Phase B: Business Architecture–>Steps.)
The above diagram is not unreasonable but notice there are no roles defined for any of the tasks or sub-processes. You’re supposed to define the roles yourself earlier in Phase A: Architecture Vision.

Also consider these additional customizations in TOGAF:

  • You’ll need to connect viewpoints, although they’re catalogued in another section, to specific stakeholders. And maybe the viewpoints listed aren’t for you. TOGAF says that it is not a complete list and that you’ll need to customize these for your purposes.
  • You’ll need to define artifacts required by you and your stakeholders for each phase. Again artifacts are catalogued by phase but you’ll need to accept or reject them for your purposes. In SenseAgility’s TIMM we’ve invented new ones and new uses for existing diagram types.
  • Diagrams and artifacts have text explanations but no sample views, even the ones that might be graphical. You’ll have to experiment with these approaches.
  • Deliverable samples are nearly non-existent although Stakeholder Management and Business Scenarios and a few others are fairly covered.

So if you’re feeling some disconnectedness with the TOGAF approach you might need to realize that some work is required to fill in your customized version of TOGAF.  Our customized version of TOGAF is TIMM and our Capability Based Business Architecture seminar covers TOGAF Phase B: Business Architecture.