Request for Architecture Work

This is an important output of the preliminary phase.

Everything starts here. The request for architecture work is sent from the sponsoring organization to the architecture organization to trigger the start of an architecture development cycle. This is formally produced with the assistance of the architecture organization as an output of the preliminary phase.

The request for architecture work is created for triggering a new ADM cycle. That is:

  • A fresh new architecture initiative
  • Approved architecture change requests
  • Architecture work originating from migration planning.

This document should have only high level information. TOGAF suggested the following contents of this document (in respect to the architecture work)

  • Organization sponsors
  • Organization’s mission statement
  • Business goals (and changes)
  • Strategic plans of the business
  • Time limits for the architecture work
  • Changes in the business environment
  • Organizational constraints
  • Budget information, financial constraints
  • External constraints, business constraints
  • Current business system description
  • Current architecture/IT system description
  • Description of developing organization
  • Description of resources available to developing organization

Essentially, the intention of the sponsoring organization is formally translated into a request for architecture work - in the preliminary phase.