... for Analysts

Thousands of analysts all over the world already benefit from using EA to capture their work. EA allows analysts to use the full range of UML and other techniques to capture all aspects of a business.

With the addition of eaDocX, analysts can significantly reduce the effort needed to produce documents and at the same time dramatically improve their quality.

No more will you need to copy & paste diagrams from EA into Word. You can pull ready-to-publish documents direct from the repository, and tailor those documents to the needs of individual stakeholders. For example, rather than have a single analysis document, why not produce

  • an overview for the senior stakeholders?
  • a detail document for the users? and
  • a set of compliance reports for the project manager and testers?

eaDocX gives you options to meet the most demanding audiences. 

More but Smaller Documents

We have found that tailoring documents in this way means we create more documents, but smaller ones, and most importantly, documents that get read. Readers gradually understand that, because their documents are customised for them, all the information in their document is worth reading.

Once you have defined a document in eaDocX, re-generating it is a just a couple of clicks. So you can afford to create new versions of documents regularly. This means your stakeholders stay up-to-date with how the analysis is progressing. Stakeholders seem to like this. Rather than the analyst producing one big, draft document at the end of the analysis, stakeholders can see lots of drafts as they are created, so have more chances to contribute. And because the documents are smaller, they are more likely to read the early drafts.

The ultimate in customised documents - one document per stakeholder - is also possible. Just create 'stakeholder' elements in your model, and connect them to the items which should interest them: individual elements or whole Packages. Then just create a document with 'everything connected to this stakeholder'. (see eaDocX Relationship Elements).  If your Project Manager and Stakeholders aren't already convinced of the value of using EA and eaDocX, then this certainly will convince them!

Traceability - delivered

One of the most common things which project managers and stakeholders ask their analysts for is traceability. How can the project show how the analysis links back to the business requirements? And how can you prove that the delivered system implements those requirements?

eaDocX unlocks the power of EA to show how your analysis information has this traceability. eaDocX documents can contain hyperlinks, within the generated Word document, which show, for example

  • where an Actor uses a Use Case
  • Which Stakeholders own which requirements
  • What the Issues are, and the Use Cases, Requirements or Features to which they refer

These kinds of links are vital to a project, and to the document which the project delivers. They allow readers of your documents to 'browse' your documents, following their own ideas, rather than having to read the document from page 1. The absence of a hyperlink also carries information - perhaps that's something you have missed from your model?

All this gives the analyst a deep insight into the analysis information - which they've always got from using EA - but with the ability to communicate that to stakeholders using clear and impressive documentation.

Harvesting and Editing

EA models get richer and more useful by containing more useful information. That means that a good EA analyst will spend a lot of time - especially at the start of the project - harvesting data from other sources to populate their model. This might include requirements from other projects or information about stakeholders of existing systems. Pulling this into EA used to be a chore: defining custom CSV import templates in EA, then importing each spreadsheet. Then revising the template, once you see that some information hasn't been imported properly. Then editing the information, element by element, to make it fit into your EA model. But now it's much easier. eaDocX Corporate Edition lets you use Microsoft Excel as an additional editor for EA data.

This means you can use it to quickly import data into EA from any Excel spreadsheet, and also to edit existing data, using the power of Excel. This gives the analyst a really powerful extra tool to add new data their models, and with which models can be kept accurate and consistent.

You can even send Excel spreadsheets to users, allow them to edit and add new data, then re-import the results back into EA. All without defining any CSV templates, or writing any code.