TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2


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

More materials and tests for TOGAF preparation:

Comments
27 Responses to “TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2”
  1. Gautamdev N Khanna says:

    Thanks for your blog and the inputs. I took the part 1 and part 2 together and scored 80% in both. Happy to be Togaf certified in one go. A 4 day training, study guide questions, and all the online inputs helped.

  2. Anand says:

    Hi Udayan,

    Thanks for your blog, very useful for TOGAF aspiration. I visited your blog and helped in preparing foundation exam. I cleared part1 exam with 85%.

    Now I am preparing for part2 and gone through yor blog- togad preparation aid for part2. Quite good tips, can you pls share more thing for part2 as you did for part1. any pointer for free resource for part2 exam. I am following self study approach and going through self study guide for part2.

    Please let me know your suggestion.

  3. Amol says:

    Hi All ,

    Today I have cleared TOGAF Part 1 and 2 exam.I was hoping to get more marks in part 2 as all the questions were similar to questions that I practiced but could score only 67% but nevertheless I was able to pass with one month preparation , thats important.
    I have prepared a cheat sheet of input/outputs of all ADM phases plus various lists of main areas which helps in understanding few things and answering few questions.Please mail me if you want it.My email id amol.fuke@gmail.com

  4. mdz says:

    Let me share my fresh experience passing part 2 exam.
    My preparation for the exam was:
    1. Reading most, not all of course, TOGAF book
    2. Completed all questions: http://doc.baidu.com/view/c9d8c7b0f524ccbff12184d2.html
    In the end I was cracking these questions quite easy. Was been able to identify second best answers as well.
    3. Performed official TOGAF part 2 test exam.
    Got 30 points from 40, additional four questions solved perfectly.
    4. Completed last part 2 exam simulation: http://theopenarch.com/81-tests/72-togaf-9-exam-tests.html
    Got 40 points of 40, don’t think this one added any value, same for this simulator part 1.
    So after all that I felt that I don’t have anything more to learn and went very confident to the exam. However when I started exam all my confidence was disappearing question after question. Why?
    Although some questions and answer looked similar to official test or dump test, however addition of word or to question or answer changed which are the right answers. As well answers where formed with general statements, rather than copy paste from the book (which was quite common in prep tests) and it was really difficult to identify worst answers.
    Principles or view questions where not so obvious as in prep tests. There was no clear answer to these questions, artifacts or principles in answers where addressing concerns only partially and I needed to identify which one addresses them a little bit better than others.
    What helped?
    I tried to eliminate worst answers and then work if possible with two left.
    Couple times I picked safer answers that I knew will give me lets say 3 points at least.
    I used almost all time for reading questions, since some questions provided information what are two good answers. Ex: Question: …CIO does not care about existing environment… This means that answers focusing on Baseline Architecture are wrong and focusing on Target Architecture are right.
    Most closest experience to real exam is official test exam from TOGAF. So be prepared for the worse and you will succeed! Good luck…

  5. Sameer says:

    Hi Udyan,
    First of all thanks for tips and questions for exam preperation.
    For part B, i have gone through
    1. TOGAF Practice question-Part B
    2. http://theopenarch.com/81-tests/72-togaf-9-exam-tests.html
    3. http://doc.baidu.com/view/c9d8c7b0f524ccbff12184d2.html

    Kindly suggest, if i need to go for more questions for Part-B and how may q’s come from these sample/practice questions

    Regards
    Sameer

  6. Bala says:

    Hi Udayan,

    First of all, thanks a lot for all the effort and good work. This is very helpful like people like me.

    I have a question on the Part 2 exam. Which particular pdf is available for reference for the part 2 exam? Can you provide me the link?
    Thanks much Bala.

  7. Ranjit says:

    Udayan da,

    Thanks a lot for your blog. It has been very helpful. I was able to clear Part 1 yesterday. I intend to appear for the Part 2 exam in the next 2-3 weeks. Could you kindly help me out in what all I should be reading through. I am going through the Part 2 Study Guide. Anything specific that I should be concentrating upon

  8. Aravind Udayasankaran says:

    Hi,

    First of all thanks for the effort, good work.
    I did go thru some of your posts and they are interesting.

    In regards to the viewpoints posted, I believe the following two should be the answer based on the question.

    Q5 – Application/Data Matrix

    Q8 – Application/Organization Matrix

    They explain the viewpoints as per
    http://pubs.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf9-doc/arch/chap35.html

    • Udayan Banerjee says:

      Arvind

      You are correct! The terminology has been changed from version 9 to 9.1.

      – System/Data matrix becomes Application/Data matrix
      – System/Organization matrix becomes Application/Organization matrix

      Thanks – I have corrected the answers accordingly.

  9. Hi Udayan thanks for this useful post! I’m collecting all the TOGAF exams I find in order to create a FREE test simulation tool. Feel free to share the first impressions you can have and let me know how do you think we could improve it! You can find it at: http://togaf.altervista.org/
    Regards

    • Udayan Banerjee says:

      How many free tests did you find?

      Also, It would be ethical to acknowledge the source of the questions.

  10. Pankaj says:

    I want to understand two things –
    1. Do we need to modify the original architecture contract in case of an architectural change (esp. re-architecting change).
    2. Baseline First or Target First:
    Any key points that one should look at to identify which approach is more appropriate in a given situation?
    Eg: Any company that plans to use packaged application and with no existing architecture artifacts. Company wants to consolidate and reduce redundancy and seeks architectural expertise for the creation of domain architecture (Business, application, data, technology architecture).

    • Udayan Banerjee says:

      For Q1, I suggest that you go refer to “Phase H: Architecture Change Management”. Depending on the type of change you may need to start a new ADM cycle. Change of original architecture contract is NOT recommended by TOGAF.

      For Q2. TOGAF has no preference between “Baseline First vs Target First”. However, I would recommend that when the Target is clearly documented and the Baseline is not, it may be better to adopt “Target First” approach.

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