Lewis Carroll on TOGAF (for your entertainment only, not for education)


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Lewis Carroll wrote many things that are still quoted today, including “Oh, 'tis love, 'tis love that makes the world go round.”

Not so well known are the ways in which he anticipated TOGAF.

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When Lewis Carroll wrote

He anticipated

She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).

TOGAF (and its use in practice).

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

The Architecture Development Method (ADM)

I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read!

The Request for Architecture Work

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

Stakeholder Identification

‘But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'

Stakeholder Management

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

The Architecture Vision

No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise.

The Architecture Requirements Specification

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.

The Statement of Architecture Work

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said … ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

The Architecture Meta Model

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

The Data Dissemination View

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

The Architecture Definition Document

'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'

The Architecture Definition Document with matrices and diagrams

I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then.

A Baseline Architecture (or its absence)

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

A Target Architecture

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.

The Architecture Road Map

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

Architecture Principles

His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.

Architecture Governance / Compliance Review

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

Architecture Implementation

Which form of proverb do you prefer Better late than never, or Better never than late?

Architecture Change Management

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.

People making fun of TOGAF.


Not to mention: “Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.”

What conclusions to draw?

When first published, this “Lewis Carroll on TOGAF" page triggered a discussion containing about 200 messages.

Two papers have been distilled from those messages, one is called "The state of the architecture repository art".
The other, distilled from David Eddy’s messages, is called "Facts and conclusions from dictionary/repository experience.”

You can find both papers under the heading of "Architecture tools" on this page http://grahamberrisford.com/01EAingeneral/EA%20in%20general.htm



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