The Architecture Development Method (ADM) has ten Phases, as identified here. The approach and complete description of each Phase are provided in the TOGAF 9 documentation available on The Open Group website, to identify the objectives, inputs, steps and outputs of each phase. See the links in the Learn more section.
Preliminary Phase: Framework and Principles
The Preliminary Phase is about defining 'where, what, why, who, and how we do architecture' in the enterprise concerned. The main aspects are:
Phase A: Architecture Vision
Architecture Vision starts with receipt of a Request for Architecture Work from the sponsoring organization to the architecture organization. During this phase, you define the architecture scope, how to create the vision, and obtain approvals.
Phase B: Business Architecture
Business Architecture is the first architecture activity that must be undertaken, if not catered for already in other organizational processes (such as enterprise planning, strategic business planning or business process re-engineering).
Phase C: Information Systems Architectures
In this phase you develop the Information Systems Architectures, including the Data and Applications Architectures. Detailed steps for Phase C are given separately for each architecture domain:
Phase D: Technology Architecture
The steps within the Technology Architecture phase are:
Phase E: Opportunities and Solutions
In the Opportunities and Solutions phase you identify the parameters of change, the major phases along the way, and the top-level projects to be undertaken in moving from the current environment to the target.
Phase F: Migration Planning
During the Migration Planning phase you sort the various implementation projects into priority order. Activities include assessing the dependencies, costs and benefits of the various migration projects.
Phase G: Implementation Governance
During the Implementation Governance phase you bring together all the information for successful management of the various implementation projects.
Phase H: Architecture Change Management
In the Architecture Change Management phase you establish an architecture change management process for the new enterprise architecture baseline.
ADM Architecture Requirements Management
The ADM is continuously driven by the Architecture Requirements Management process.