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.

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