- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: van Haren Publishing; Reprint edition (21 December 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 908753678X
- ISBN-13: 978-9087536787
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.9 x 18 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,84,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
TOGAF Version 9.1: A Pocket Guide (TOGAF Series) Paperback – 21 Dec 2011
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Why get it --->I ordered this book and the study guide TOGAF Version 9 Foundation Study Guideand it was MORE then enough to get me through the TOGAF exam in less then 2 weeks - I got 90% on the exam. Everything you need to know is in these two books. So the problem of passing the foundation exam is 100% bounded by less then $100 of books - something anyone could afford so the author has leveled the economic "playing field" for everyone. The exam cost is another issue.
Whats in it ---> The books are reasonably well structured in my view. What does this mean? Well, in my view the most rapid way to absorb knowledge is to view pictures/graphs/chart as the primary mechanism while being supported by textual detail. This is exactly what the author has done. The diagrams and tables are mostly lifted from the 780 page TOGAF official document (tomb) available for free at the Open Group site. Its a good reference but not necessary to torture yourself by going though it cover to cover.
How I used it ---> To be fair, I set aside about 70% of my work day to get this done. I also used weekend time as well. I first read through the pocket guide to quickly gain a 40,000 foot view of TOGAF. Then I pushed through the study guide to get the detail. Not the most delightful content to read but once understood it was a relief that I got it under my belt. Sorta like the experience of getting to navy seal, not so nice going through it but once your through, its real good. I then cycled back through the pocket book and then did the sample exam included in this study guide. Got 75% and the recommendation in the book was, if you got 70% on the sample exam, then go ahead and write the real exam. I then did one more cycle through the book and pocket guide then wrote another sample exam I found for free on the internet. At this point After this, I scheduled the exam for 2 days forward. I went through the pocket book and skimmed the study guide the day before test day. On test day I skimmed through the pocket guide once more in about 90 minutes. I wrote the 1 hour exam and got 90%.
Next steps, Part II exam, Certified --->Now that I have the basics I will study over the next 4-6 weeks for the Certified level using the TOGAF 9 Certified Study GuideTOGAF 9 Certified Study Guide
This book will serve me well as a reference guide once I am certified, but for now it is not useful.
Once I started reading I had a horrible time as the letters/words are in a tiny font. In essence the book is useless to me.
(1) The book includes many diagrams containing text, and in many cases these are illegible in the Kindle edition. In my Kindle reader (Kindle for Mac) I could not magnify them.
(2) The sample for the book contains no actual book content, just the book's front matter (table of contents, acknowledgements, etc.). In other words you have to buy the book to find out if you like the way it's written.
I'd be delighted to buy this book again if at least #1 can be fixed.