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Architecture Forum

Objective of Meeting

The aim of the meeting was progression of the work of the Architecture Forum.


The Architecture Forum’s San Francisco meeting comprised a full day face-to-face meeting on Thursday February 2, 2012. During the week commencing January 29 in San Francisco, a number of Working Groups and Standing Committees also met. (Minutes from those meetings are available in the Architecture Forum member’s site under the Meeting Minutes category.)

The February 2 meeting was held in conjunction with the San Francisco Open Group Conference and Members Meetings. At the start of the meeting there were 14 voting members present. As this was insufficient for a quorum, a two-week consensus check on the decisions made will occur after the meeting.

The Forum Chair gave an update on the status of how the Forum Strategy is being actioned. There is a high level of member activity in the development of an improved version of TOGAF. The current Roadmap shows a target date for this next major revision being in 2013.

The Forum Chair led a discussion on the governance of Forum activities, presenting a scorecard, which had been developed to summarize the visible activities ongoing for each Working Group (WG) and Standing Committee (SC) within the Forum. It was agreed to use the scorecard with the addition of #teleconferences, publication of quarterly status report, and meeting(s) during conference week, as a means of assessing WG/SC activity and conformance to policies. It was also agreed to simplify the current WG/SC quarterly report format and to investigate whether WG/SCs might hold a “poster session” during future Forum meetings to provide information on their status.

The Forum agreed to appoint five interim co-chairs for the TOGAF Next Working Group, with a formal call for nominations to follow during the next quarter.

The Forum agreed to establish a joint activity within the TOGAF Next Working Group to work with the Security Forum.

The meeting also included a number of informational updates on the Standing Committees and Working Groups that had met during the conference and not reported in other slots:

  • Peter Haviland reported on the Value Realization Working Group which continues to develop White Papers on the World Class EA theme.
  • Peter Haviland also reported on the TOGAF/ArchiMate Architecture Content Framework activity.
  • Bob Weisman reported on the Information Architecture Working Group.
  • Serge Thorn reported on the Localization Standing Committee.
  • Chris Forde reported on completion of the TOGAF – BIAN White Paper (on behalf of Thomas Obitz). The project is nearing completion and expects to publish the White Paper in February.


This summary, the Action Items, Consent Items, Issues List, and the detailed minutes available to members are the outputs of the meeting (available to members only here). Other materials from the San Francisco meetings are in the San Francisco 2012 Materials area of the Architecture Forum members' site (available to members only here).

Next Steps

The Forum is scheduled to next meet in Cannes, France during the week commencing April 23, 2012. Logistics for the meetings will be available in the Architecture Forum calendar.


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