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Beginners guide to Enterprise Architect software

Our advice for new EA modellers

The idea of collecting knowledge and organising knowledge into some kind of structured tool continues to grow. Not as fast as some of us would like, but it means there is still a steady stream of new modellers. Those of use who have been doing this work for a while have a duty to make sure these new modellers don’t make the same mistakes that we did. That would be pointless. They need to make new mistakes of their own, that they can share with us.

So here are a few short articles on this theme – advice to new modellers.

Getting started with any structured modelling tool isn’t just about mastering how the tool works, and drawing groovy diagrams. If that’s all you do, it’s probably best to go back to Visio – you’re not going to make your project go faster, better or cheaper.

And that’s what it’s all about. If you can’t improve at least one of these three, don’t expect the rest of your organisation to care about what you’re doing.

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Where's the best place to start modelling?

19 October 2020

Advice for the new modeller #1 - Where do you start?

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Process based model styles

25 August 2020

How to use BPMN and UML to make models which last.

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Models matter - nearly as much as deliverables

25 August 2020

Models matter - nearly as much as model deliverables

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Improving model quality using a Sparx EA reference model

25 August 2020

Maintain quality with tools to find and fix mechanical errors in your modelling

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Fixing your meta-model

25 August 2020

Advice for the new modeller #3 – Fixing your meta-model

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How much domain modelling is enough?

25 August 2020

Advice for the new modeller #2 – (not) Melting the Pan

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What needs to be included in your EA model content?

25 August 2020

Advice for the new modeller #4 – (not) Modelling The World

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Knowing when to give up

25 August 2020

Knowing when to step back makes for better Business Analysts

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Using UML icons for more useful models

25 August 2020

Diagram Graphics for Adults

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Using Enterprise Architect to document decision making

25 August 2020

Make your models more useful for future modellers

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Beck’s Map: an EA model abstraction example

25 August 2020

Possibly the best model abstraction in the world

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Use case, package or process?

25 August 2020

A time for Packages

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Simplifying ideas in a BPMN Process Diagram

25 August 2020

How to find the right number of ideas to include in your model.

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Explaining EA Sparx Systems to non-modellers

25 August 2020

Model driven analysis - the best way to define what we do?

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How to simplify BPMN Data Models

25 August 2020

Why simplifying your diagrams can actually make them more informative.

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Create useful models using the Sparx EA Tool

18 August 2020

Advice for the new modeller #3 - Producing useful outputs with your new EA tool.

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UML Business Analyst Solutions

14 August 2020

Using UML to resolve inconsistencies, gaps and overlaps.

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Cleaning: How to Simplify Enterprise Architecture Models

14 August 2020

Model Curation Techniques # 1 - Cleaning your EA model before you let other people see it

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Including Sparx EA Model Provenance

14 August 2020

Sparx EA model help to explain to others why your models look the way they do.

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What to include in your enterprise architect documentation

29 July 2020

How to create documents which communicate your ideas efficiently and effectively to stakeholders.

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Organising an Enterprise Architect Model

28 July 2020

Seven ways to organise your EA models so that other people can understand them

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Choosing Your UML Subset

27 July 2020

Narrowing down the modelling ideas in your Enterprise Architect model to make consistent, understandable models.

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Webinar: Using Interactive Documents to Collate Sparx EA Model Feedback

17 July 2020

A webinar from the EA Global Summit 2020.

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Webinar: How to successfully scale up your Enterprise Architect team

30 June 2020

A webinar from the EA Global Summit 2020.

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Navigating Models: Enterprise Architect Help and Techniques

16 April 2020

EA Model Curation Techniques #2 - Making models easy to navigate.

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Validation: Improving your Enterprise Architecture Model Structure

16 April 2020

EA Model Curation Techniques #3 - Validating your model

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Explaining the General with a Specific

16 April 2020

Explaining ideas using Object diagrams

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Different documents for Different People

16 November 2018

How to tailor information to each user - making it as easy as possible for everyone to engage with your work, project or deliverables.

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Document or Model View?

21 May 2018

Use your documents as an alternative to Model Views.

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Color your Knowledge

25 April 2018

A while ago a client asked me to look at some process diagrams which had been created for them by a well-known consultancy.

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Model Curation

6 March 2018

How cleaning, navigating and validating your EA model makes sharing and collaborating much more effective.

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Context - Where are we?

20 October 2017

I’m occasionally asked “What’s the most re-usable bit of a model – where should I start?“.

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Glossary

12 October 2017

In a recent talk, I asked the audience of about 100 BAs which of them maintained a glossary as part of their work.

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Hard and Soft

11 October 2017

No, not about Brexit… More about styles of Business Analyst.

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Printing connectors

18 October 2016

Creating documents that start with the connections between the things in your model

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Using Multi-hop relationships to display Branch/Merge with EA13

11 August 2016

One of the most common requests we see from new EA users is: "Why can’t I do branch/merge with EA?

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