Insights

Hints, tips, opinions and best practice modelling techniques for EA and eaDocX

Where's the best place to start modelling?

19 October 2020

Advice for the new modeller #4 - 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 #1 – (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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Ideas in diagrams

25 August 2020

How many ideas are there in your diagrams?

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Model Driven Analysis

25 August 2020

What is it ?

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"Look at me" Diagrams

25 August 2020

"Look at me" Diagrams - and why they are usually bad

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Focus on the outputs from your modelling

18 August 2020

Advice for the new modeller #5 - It's the outputs, stupid

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Getting started with modelling

18 August 2020

Some ideas for those new to modelling with EA

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Why we model

14 August 2020

A short argument about 'why we model' which you might want to re-use

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Model Curation techniques for EA - #1: Cleaning

14 August 2020

Cleaning your model before you let other people see it

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Model Provenence

14 August 2020

When you look at some modelling work, knowing where it came from is vital information. This article explores some ways to capture and use this

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Getting to the Point

29 July 2020

How to help your stakeholders with documents that communicate efficiently and effectively.

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The Well Dressed Model

28 July 2020

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

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Choosing Your Subset

27 July 2020

One of my occasional pleasures in helping people to do better modelling is to tell them the things they DON’T need to do. And ...

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Webinar - Working with Interactive Documents

17 July 2020

This webinar from the EA Global Summit 2020 describes how to generate interactive Word documents, and use them to automate your EA model updates.

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Webinar - How to successfully scale up your EA modelling team

30 June 2020

The key issues and decisions to consider when scaling up your modelling team, and how to avoid the common pitfalls.

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Model Curation techniques for EA – 2: Navigating

16 April 2020

This is the second article in the series which describes simple techniques to improve the effectiveness of EA model sharing.

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Model Curation techniques for EA – 3: Validating

16 April 2020

So now users can find their way around successfully. The question is, what will they find when they get there?

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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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