TOGAF The Open Group Architecture Framework 100 Success Secrets


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When you read a book where do you start? I always start at the back, the back cover to be precise. There was a certain familiar ring to what I read on this occasion. See if you can pick it? “There has never been a TOGAF Guide like this. 100 Success Secrets is not about the ins and outs of TOGAF. Instead, it answers the top 100 questions that we were asked and those we came across in forums, …”

Almost instantly I dived for my copy of Enterprise Architecture 100 Success Secrets, and there on the back cover it was. “There has never been an Enterprise Architecture manual like this. 100 Success Secrets is not about the ins and outs of Enterprise Architecture.” At this point they removed a blank line to make it a little less obvious and continued. “Instead, it answers the top 100 questions that we were asked and those we came across in forums, …”

Same author I thought, Gerard Blokdijk and Boyce Raynard, apparently not. Same publisher I thought, hard to tell, I couldn’t find the accreditation. I’d suggest that one of these gentlemen should be acknowledging the other or that possibly they are the same person. But, I don’t know why one might expect that from someone with such a cavalier attitude to IP and copyright. Interestingly, page 11 in both volumes is blank, same manuscript perhaps?

I’ve had my say about EA 100 Sucks Secrets and it applies equally to this con job. With one addition, typically I don’t like to criticize the quality of language in a book, after all many works are translated and many of the best EA writers are not native English speakers. Besides its banal content, this is without doubt the most appallingly written EA book I have come across. I’m left with the distinct impression that it was written by someone whose command of English leaves something to be desired, like someone else to do the writing. Grammatically challenged and logically incoherent. I suspect each topic is restricted to about a page to limit the amount of damage it can do.

I could go on about why would one have a section on Enterprise Architect 6.1, 6.5 and 7.0 as well as sections about downloading it?  Or ask why is there a section dedicated to the difference between a CV and a Resume?  But,  I can’t be bothered shredding this rubbish.  But, that’s just my opinion.

At this point I usually give the ISBN and publisher details, but it’s really not worth the effort.

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