TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition

We are excited to announce the new version of the TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition is released.  I know we'll all call it TOGAF 10. We had a major hand updating the TOGAF Standard.

This is a major milestone for the whole Enterprise Architecture profession. The go-to Enterprise Architecture Framework for Enterprise Architects, we have wanted the tenth version for a long time. TOGAF 10 needs to meet high expectations.

We use action imagery for enterprise architecture – after all, the purpose of the profession is to help stakeholders select the most effective improvement and guide the change. That is an action oriented profession. The TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition is designed to support action by successful enterprise architecture teams.

TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition Explained

At a Glance

TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition Overview

We use action imagery for Enterprise Architecture. Good enterprise architects help their organizations change. Change dramatically in a digital transformation. Change rapidly with enterprise agility. Or change a bit to take improve efficiency, reduce technical debt, or any other common enterprise architecture use case.

TOGAF 10 Documents The 10th edition of the TOGAF Standard formally separates the standard into the TOGAF Framework in the TOGAF Fundamental documents and guidance on how to develop the best possible enterprise architecture in the TOGAF Series Guides. The TOGAF Fundamental Content provides the essential scaffolding. The TOGAF Series Guides advise on the configuration of the scaffolding. Together, the TOGAF Fundamental Content and the TOGAF Series Guides provide stable best practice used by the world’s leading organizations to improve.

A key part of the TOGAF Standard is the ability to extend the standard into emerging practice, specialist use-cases, and experimentation. While TOGAF 10 was developed several new areas rose, like digital transformation, and others rose and fell, like Service-Oriented-Architecture. All of these new ideas are readily included within the essential scaffolding of the TOGAF Framework. The Open Group maintains a TOGAF Library to curate a collection of useful materials.

What is the TOGAF Standard?

The TOGAF Standard is an industry standard for developing, maintaining, and using enterprise architecture. Over 300 member companies of The Open Group's Architecture Forum develop it the TOGAF Framework.

The TOGAF Standard is developed through a consensus process. The result is proven successful practice, that address the three primary challenges every enterprise architecture team faces:

  • developing an enterprise architecture team,
  • developing an enterprise architecture, and
  • describe an enterprise architecture.

What Changed with "TOGAF 10"

The largest change was to draw out the inherent modularity of the TOGAF Standard. The Standard includes a hierarchy from the universal concepts in the TOGAF Fundamental Content, to the stable best practice in the TOGAF Series Guides, to emerging ideas in the TOGAF Library.

The change delivers what most architects want – more, better, and topical guidance on how to deliver the best Enterprise Architecture. People who fund enterprise architecture teams get what they want - quicker access to useful Enterprise Architecture guidance to their decisions and help governing execution.

There is a lot of new material in the TOGAF Series Guides. The next section has a summary of them.

The outcome of this change is making it easier to adopt the best practices in the TOGAF Standard. During your configuration specialist guidance that supports your specific needs adopted. Specialist guidance that is not relevant to you can be skipped. Your organization is unique; your customization of the TOGAF Standard will be unique.

See the Introduction to the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition for complete coverage of what changed.

TOGAF 10 Guidance

TOGAF Standard - TOGAF Series Guides

With the desire for more and better guidance on how to develop more useful Enterprise Architecture, the TOGAF Series Guides are presented first.

Every TOGAF Series Guide is part of the TOGAF Standard.

General How-to Guidance

TOGAF Series Guide: A Practitioners’ Approach to Developing Enterprise Architecture Following the TOGAF ADM

This document provides guidance on using the TOGAF framework to develop, maintain, and use an Enterprise Architecture. It is a companion to the TOGAF Fundamental Content and brings the concepts and generic constructs to life.

TOGAF Series Guide: Using the TOGAF Standard in the Digital Enterprise

This document describes how and when Enterprise Architecture should be used to enable a digital enterprise. It provides insight on how to integrate the DPBoK™ Standard concepts and contexts.

TOGAF Series Guide: Digital Technology Adoption: A Guide to Readiness Assessment and Roadmap Development

This document addresses the critical tenets of digital technology adoption readiness and the roadmap of change. It provides a digital technology readiness assessment and roadmap development.

Establishing an EA Team

TOGAF Series Guide: The TOGAF Leader’s Guide to Establishing and Evolving an EA Capability

This document describes how to establish and enhance an Enterprise Architecture capability that aligns to your enterprise and what your Enterprise Architecture team is expected to support.

Domains Guidance

TOGAF Series Guide: Integrating Risk and Security within a TOGAF Enterprise Architecture

This document describes how to integrate security and risk into an Enterprise Architecture. It provides guidance for both security practitioners and Enterprise Architects working with the TOGAF Standard.

TOGAF Series Guide: Business Models

This document provides a basis to understand and utilize business models. It covers the concept and purpose of business models and highlights the Business Model Canvas™ technique.

TOGAF Series Guide: Business Capabilities, Version 2

This document answers important questions about what a business capability is and how it is being used to enhance business analysis and planning.

TOGAF Series Guide: Value Streams

Value streams are one of the core elements of a Business Architecture. This document provides an architected approach to developing a business value model.

TOGAF Series Guide: Information Mapping

This document describes how to develop an Information Map that articulates, characterizes, and visually represents critical information.

TOGAF Series Guide: Organization Mapping

This document shows how organization mapping provides the organizational context to an Enterprise Architecture.

TOGAF Series Guide: Business Scenarios

This document shows how Business Scenarios can develop resonating business requirements and how they support and enable the enterprise to achieve its business objectives.

TOGAF Series Guide: Information Architecture: Customer Master Data Management (C-MDM)

This document describes an approach for implementing Customer Master Data Management (C-MDM) in an organization. It includes people, process, organizations, and systems to manage customer master data as an asset.

TOGAF Series Guide: Enabling Enterprise Agility

This document describes how to apply the TOGAF ADM in an agile delivery environment by dividing an architecture development project into small time-boxed increments and applying common agile techniques.

TOGAF Series Guide: Applying the TOGAF ADM using Agile Sprints

This document describes in detail how to deliver Enterprise Architecture with the TOGAF ADM in agile sprints.

TOGAF Series Guide: TOGAF Digital Business Reference Model (DBRM)

This document provides an industry-independent outline of common core components that are essential building blocks.

TOGAF Series Guide: Government Reference Model

This document provides a national government capability reference model.

TOGAF Series Guide: Architecture Maturity Models

This document introduces the concept of Architecture Capability Maturity Models, techniques for evaluating and quantifying an organization’s maturity in Enterprise Architecture.

TOGAF Series Guide: Architecture Project Management

This document provides guidance on using project management techniques to manage the development of Enterprise Architecture.

TOGAF Series Guide: Architecture Skills Framework

This document provides a set of role, skill, and experience norms for staff undertaking Enterprise Architecture work.

Enterprise Architecture Framework is Essential Scaffolding

TOGAF Standard - Fundamental Content

The TOGAF Standard Fundamental Content provides the essential scaffolding. While this Fundamental Content will be most familiar to people used to reading TOGAF Standard version 9.2, we do not recommend starting here. Reading the fundamental content is similar to reading the Bluetooth Standard to figure out how to pair a headset.

The TOGAF Fundamental content is presented as six free-standing documents.

The TOGAF Standard: Introduction and Core Concepts

This document introduces the TOGAF Standard and outlines core concepts.

The TOGAF Standard: Architecture Development Method

This document describes the TOGAF ADM, which is an iterative approach to developing an Enterprise Architecture.

The TOGAF Standard: ADM Techniques

This document contains a collection of techniques available for applying the TOGAF approach and the TOGAF ADM.

The TOGAF Standard: Applying the ADM

This document contains guidelines for adapting the TOGAF ADM to address the specific style of architecture required in a practical context.

The TOGAF Standard: Architecture Content

This document describes the TOGAF Content Framework and a structured metamodel for architectural artifacts, and an overview of typical architecture deliverables.

The TOGAF Standard: Enterprise Architecture Capability and Governance

This document discusses the organization, processes, skills, roles, and responsibilities applicable to an Enterprise Architecture team.

TOGAF Library

All good enterprise architects continually refresh their method and approach. The TOGAF LIbrary is a place to find leading-edge ideas, methods, approaches, and techniques. Often documents in the TOGAF Library are developed elsewhere – three examples are The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, The Open Group Commercial Aviation Reference Architecture, and the O-PAS™ Standard. These are reference architectures developed by experts in their industry. They can be adopted or used as an example.

TOGAF Library Examples

Business Architecture Reference Architectures:

Information Systems Reference Architecture:

  • The O-PAS Standard describes a standard architecture and interfaces for industrial process control equipment.

Emerging ideas:

TOGAF 10 Certification

TOGAF 10 Certification

At this time the TOGAF Certification program has not changed. We believe The Open Group decided to release the new material as soon as possible. We expect updates to the TOGAF Certification Program and The Open Group Open Badges Program.

We expect the updated and improved TOGAF Certification Program will be all about effectively delivering useful Enterprise Architecture, either by application of the essential scaffolding, or by education on problems and domains.

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