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TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, and Enterprise Architecture Requirements

TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, and Enterprise Architecture Requirements

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In this paper, we are separating the notion of requirements into two perspectives. For each perspective we have defined roles, responsibilities, and how requirements are elicited, analyzed, communicated, and tested.
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The understanding of requirements has been one of the most contentious issues between IT and Business. To resolve this conflict, many disciplines have emerged but progress to resolve this conflict has been minimal. Our view is that the root cause of this conflict has been two-fold:

  1. A lack of common vocabulary, and
  2. Clear accountability of the outcome

The Business often expresses requirements as characteristics of the solution rather than characteristics of the problem, and when they build a system based on the provided requirements, the system often fails to address the organization’s business opportunities. Re-definition and rework further increases time and cost to the project and to the dismay of everyone involved, the results get marked as one more failed IT project.

In this paper, we are separating the notion of requirements into two perspectives. For each perspective we have defined roles, responsibilities, and how requirements are elicited, analyzed, communicated, and tested. Most importantly, accountability for the completeness and accuracy is explicitly defined. To ensure clear communication, we have provided a set of architecture requirements for a major Business Transformation program.

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Reference W136
Author(s) Jason Uppal and Tamim Rahman
Published 6 Nov 2013
Pages 17
Type White Papers
Subject TOGAF
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