Quality or Quantity?

We craft with care the information in our models. We use standard notations (UML, BPMN, SysML, TOGAF) so we can have the highest quality models which are 100% accurate and make it easy for other modellers to understand. And if they have access, they can collaborate on those models too.

Quality standards make collaboration easier

But modellers don’t usually have all the information, so we need to get others involved too. That’s where with traditional model collaboration it all starts to get messy:
  • We have to buy more licences to give others access to the model.
  • They have to learn how to use the technology and the standards
  • We then have the risk of these ‘outsiders’ adding random stuff, not quite following the standards, messing up our meta-model conventions, or worse…
  • Which creates lots of work for everyone to clean it up and maintain it.
  • So the model ceases to be a help, and instead becomes a large overhead 
That means collaboration can be expensive, time consuming and difficult to manage. 
 
What’s the alternative? It's obvious. Just generate and send out some documents including only the relevant bits of the model. Then they will collaborate too. Job Done. WRONG.

Sending out documents isn’t collaboration – its transmission

Creating a document doesn’t mean it will be read or understood. Distributing the document can feel like progress, but the response can often be a resounding silence. A bit like broadcasting a radio programme – Is anybody listening?
 
To truly collaborate with EVERYONE whose contribution is important, we need a way to make sure they provide their input. Their responses need to be stored in the model too, linked to the model but separate from it. That means, all review inputs are available and easy to process, but model owners keep control of the model.

Move models into the mainstream

For reviewers, making it easy, engaging and fun to collaborate on models is essential. Because if they can review them easily, and have confidence their voice is being heard, then we can get better quality feedback and more of it.
 
That’s why we designed eaDocX Collaboration Edition, and why we optimised it to work on iPads and tablets, with simple icons and easy navigation. Now business users, external parties or other reviewers don't need to have technical modelling skills in order to collaborate on EA models, and they can do it whenever and wherever suits them.
 
With eaDocX® Collaboration edition we can keep our model quality AND let the maximum number of people participate in the model. So we don't have to choose between Quality and Quantity. We can have both.

eaDocX® : maintaining model standards and delivering high quality projects through collaboration

To find out more visit www.eadocx.com/collaborate