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TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2

The questions for the Part 2 Examination consist of eight complex scenario questions

The questions for the Part 2 Examination consist of eight complex scenario questions. You need to read a scenario describing a situation where TOGAF is being applied. The question will then ask how TOGAF would be used to address a particular point. Four possible answers are provided. There is one correct answer, two partially correct answers and one incorrect answer for the situation. The correct answer scores five points, the second best answer three points, and the third best answer one point. The incorrect answer scores zero points. The pass mark is 60%. The eight scenarios are drawn from the following major topic areas:

  1. Phases Preliminary, A, Requirements Management
  2. Architecture Definition (Phases B, C, D)
  3. Transition Planning (Phases E and F)
  4. Governance (Phases G and H)
  5. Adapting the ADM
  6. Architecture Content Framework
  7. TOGAF Reference Models
  8. Architecture Capability Framework

How to prepare for Part 2?
The key to success in the part 2 exam is to recognize the most “TOGAFish” answer! Let me give you two example answers without telling you the question – just try to guess which of them are more “TOGAFish”.

  • You recommend that risk management techniques be used throughout the program. This will enable you to assess the risks associated with the proposed business transformation and ensure suitable business continuity plans are in place. You then ensure that in the Implementation Governance phase, a residual risk assessment is conducted to determine the best way to manage risks that cannot be mitigated.
  • You propose to utilize a risk management framework in the Implementation Governance phase. This will enable you to assess the risks associated with the proposed business transformation. You then ensure that the initial level of risk is well understood before issuing the Architecture Contracts.

I suppose you have guessed it – the first one is the right answer because it talks about “residual risk” which is one of the important TOGAF concepts for risk management. However, there is another class of questions which cannot be answered like this. These are related to the use of viewpoints.

Viewpoints
Unfortunately, the Open Group study guide for the part 2 does not provide enough explanation of the different viewpoints. You need to fall back on the “TOGAF version 9″ documentation and read chapter 35.

Please note that in TOGAF 9.1 some of the viewpoints have been renamed.

Here are 9 multiple choice questions to help you test your understanding:

1. You need to make an impactful presentation of the high-level view of the interaction with the outside world to quickly on-board and align stakeholders for a particular change initiative, so that all participants understand the high-level functional and organizational context of the architecture engagement. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Value Chain Diagram

B. Solution Concept Diagram

C Business Interaction Matrix

D. Functional Decomposition Diagram

2. You want to present a ”pencil sketch” of the expected solution at the outset of the engagement. It should embody key objectives, requirements, and constraints for the engagement and also highlight work areas to be investigated in more detail with formal architecture modeling. You need to make all participants understand what the architecture engagement is seeking to achieve and how it is expected that a particular solution approach will meet the needs of the enterprise. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Value Chain Diagram

B. Solution Concept Diagram

C. Driver/Goal/Objective Catalog

D. Business Footprint Diagram

3. You want to present to the senior-level (CxO) stakeholders a view which depicts the links between business goals, organizational units, business functions, and services, and maps these functions to the technical components delivering the required capability. The view should provide a clear traceability between a technical component and the business goal that it satisfies, whilst also demonstrating ownership of the services identified. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Solution Concept Diagram

B. Business Footprint Diagram

C. Driver/Goal/Objective Catalog

D. Goal/Objective/Service Diagram

4. As a part of defining the Data Architecture you need to clearly assign ownership of data entities, understand the data and information exchange requirements and determine whether any data entities are missing and need to be created. You expect this view to help enable development of data governance programs across the enterprise. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Data Entity/Data Component Catalog

B. Data Entity/Business Function Matrix

C. Data Dissemination Diagram

D. Application/Data Matrix

5. As a part of defining the Data Architecture you need to support the gap analysis and determine whether any of the applications are missing and as a result need to be created. You also need to identify the degree of data duplication within different applications, and the scale of the data lifecycle and understand where the same data is updated by different applications. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Data Entity/Data Component Catalog

B. Data Entity/Business Function Matrix

C. Data Dissemination Diagram

D. Application/Data Matrix

6. As a part of defining the Information System Architecture you need to come up with an indication of the business criticality of application components by assigning business value to data it manages. In the process you also need to show how the logical entities are to be physically realized by application components. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Data Entity/Business Function Matrix

B. Data Dissemination Diagram

C. Application/Data Matrix

D. Data Lifecycle diagram

7. As a part of defining the Information System Architecture you need to understand the degree of interaction between applications, identifying those that are central in terms of their dependencies on other systems. You also need to scope the overall dependencies between applications. Which viewpoint you will NOT choose?

A. Interface Catalog

B. Application Interaction Matrix

C. Application Communication Diagram

D. Application/Function Matrix

8. You need to understand the application support requirements of the business services and processes carried out by an organization unit and determine whether any of the applications are missing and as a result need to be created. Which viewpoint will you choose?

A. Software Distribution Diagram

B. Application Use-Case Diagram

C. Application/Function Matrix

D. Application/Organization Matrix

9. Which of the following viewpoint you will NOT use to understand the security requirements?

A. Role Catalog, Actor/Role Matrix and Role/System Matrix

B. Data Security Diagram

C. Networked Computing/Hardware Diagram

D. Application/Technology Matrix

Answers

  1. A – Value Chain Diagram
  2. B – Solution Concept Diagram
  3. B – Business Footprint Diagram
  4. B – Data Entity/Business Function Matrix
  5. D – Application/Data Matrix
  6. B – Data Dissemination Diagram
  7. D – Application/Function Matrix
  8. D – Application/Organization Matrix
  9. D – Application/Technology Matrix

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