It’s a strange word to find in a modelling blog. We usually think about the ‘provenance‘ of an antique or a painting as telling us where it came from and something about it’s story.
So maybe it’s not so strange that we’d like to know the provenance of our model information:
- Where did it come from?
- Who has reviewed or approved it ?
..and most importantly..
- why does it look the way it does ?
Think for a moment how you would explain a bit of your model to someone else, if you were both stood at the same whiteboard.
What you would NOT do is tell them to wait whilst you draw up a big diagram, than start to explain it all (see ‘Telling a Story’).
You’d draw a bit, explain a bit, and I expect you’d also be saying things like ‘we decided to do it this way because...’ or ‘..there are lots of ways to do this, and we chose this one because of ...”.
These are all statements about the provenance of the model. Not just explaining the ‘what there is‘ but more ‘why it is the way it is‘.