How does TOGAF define governance?
The discipline of monitoring, managing and steering a business to deliver the business outcome required.
Explain the need for ADM process to be governed
Governance ensures effective and equitable use of resources which helps an organization sustain its strategic objectives.
Describe the major information areas managed by a governance repository
The major information areas include:
- Reference Data
- Process status
- Audit Information
Briefly explain the concept of Architecture Governance
Architecture Governance is the practice and orientation by which enterprise architecture and other architectures are managed and controlled at an enterprise-wide level.
Describe the main concepts that make up an architecture governance framework
An architecture governance framework, conceptually, can be described as a combination of following:
- An approach
- A series of processes
- Cultural orientation
- Set of owned responsibilities
These ensure the integrity and effectiveness of organization’s architectures
Explain why architecture governance is beneficial
An effective architecture governance benefits in following ways:
- Links IT processes, resources and information to organization’s strategies & objectives
- Integrates and institutionalises IT best practices
- Aligns with industry frameworks
- Enables optimum utilization of an organization’s information, infra and hardware & software assets
- Protects the underlying digital assets of an organization
- Supports regulatory and best practice requirements such as auditability, security, responsibility and accountability.
- Promotes visible risk management
Briefly explain the role of architecture contracts
Architecture contracts are joint agreements between development partners and sponsors, and ensure the following
- Monitoring of processes etc.
- Adherence to processes etc
- Risk identification
- Ensure accountability, responsibility and discipline
- Ensures formal understanding of the governance process
Briefly explain the need for establishment of an Architecture Board
The Architecture Board ensures implementation of the overall enterprise strategy
List the responsibilities of an Architecture Board
The main responsibilities of an Architecture Board include:
- Providing the basis for all decision making w.r.t architectures
- Consistency between sub-architectures
- Establishing target for re-use of architectures
- Flexibility of enterprise architectures to meet changing business needs & to leverage new technologies
- Enforcement of architecture compliance
- Improving the maturity of architecture discipline
- Supporting visible escalation capability for out-of-bounds decisions
Explain how Architecture Governance sits within the ADM cycle
Discuss the key success factors for putting Architecture governance into practice
- Best practices for submission, adoption, re-use, reporting and retirement of architecture policies, procedures, roles, skills, organization structures and support services
- Organizational responsibilities & structures to support architecture governance
- Integration of tools & processes to facilitate take-up of processes, both procedurally & culturally.
- Criteria for control of architecture governance processes, dispensations, compliance assessments, SLAs and OLAs.
- Internal and external requirements for effectiveness, efficiency, confidentiality, integrity, availability, compliance and reliability of all architecture governance-related information, services and processes.