Module 4: How to manage the Architecting Process
Module 4 Introduction

Course Description 

This module looks at the supporting guidelines and techniques of the Architecture Development Method, as well as governing the architecting process. This module is supported by videos and a PDF, and is followed by a quiz to help support your understanding. 

Learning Objectives

This module will cover:  

  • Architecture Governance  
  • Architecture Principles
  • Business Scenarios  
  • Gap Analysis  
  • Interoperability  
  • Business Transformation Readiness 
  • Risk Management  

 Intended Audience  

This course is intended for anyone looking to understand Enterprise Architecture.  It is helpful however to have several years' experience in IT in a variety of roles, or to have an understanding of Enterprise or IT Architecture. 

Prerequisites of the Certifications 

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.  


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- In this module, we'll be looking at some of the techniques and guidelines that can be used to support the ADM. The ADM suggests how to do the right things. The techniques and guidelines provide much help in doing things right. Think of them like best practice. There are several ways this is provided. Through suggested styles of architecture, through guidelines on how to use the ADM in an iterative way, and also deal with the different levels of granularity of architecture. Strategic, segment, and capability. And techniques which are specific to a single or small group of ADM phases. In the following sections, we're going to address principles, business scenarios, gap analysis, interoperability, risk management, and capability-based planning techniques. We'll start in this module by looking briefly at the principles technique. At the end of the module will be a PDF resource with the diagrams used in this module and a knowledge check to help you reinforce your learning.

About the Author

In a varied career that began in 1974, John Coleshaw has trodden a relatively unusual path whereby his roles have split evenly between Business and IT. In the early 80s he was the Credit Manager for a multi-national electronics company, and at the same time built a computerised financial and credit analysis tool using the original version of the IBM PC. In the mid-80s, whilst performing the role of senior underwriter in the Credit Insurance industry, he managed the IT system, as well as developed an innovative risk analysis tool. At the start of the 90s, as a manager in a financial information company, he developed an early form of expert system whose purpose was to predict corporate failure.

His current career as an IT trainer began in 1998, specialising at the time in Object Oriented programming languages. In 2002 he started developing and delivering IT Architecture training and has now had the opportunity to meet and discuss architecture matters with over a thousand architects. The courses he trains now span both The Open Group (TOGAF and ArchiMate), and BCS.

He has a book to his name, one written in the late 80s on Credit Risk Analysis.