TOGAF: Architecture Governance

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Architecture governance is the practice and orientation by which enterprise architectures and other architectures are managed and controlled at an enterprise-wide level.

Nature of Governance

Characteristics of governance are:

  • Discipline
    • All involved parties will have a commitment to adhere to procedures, processes, and authority structures established by the organization.
  • Transparency
    • All actions implemented and their decision support will be available for inspection by authorized organization and provider parties.
  • Independence
    • All processes, decision-making, and mechanisms used will be established so as to minimize or avoid potential conflicts of interest.
  • Accountability
    • Identifiable groups within the organization - e.g., governance boards who take actions or make decisions - are authorized and accountable for their actions.
  • Responsibility
    • Each contracted party is required to act responsibly to the organization and its stakeholders.
  • Fairness
    • All decisions taken, processes used, and their implementation will not be allowed to create unfair advantage to any one particular party.

Architecture Governance Framework

Key Concepts include:

  • Process
  • Content
  • Repository
  • Process Flow Control