Category Archives: Enterprise Architecture

Examples of how I’ve organized and created models to help identify opportunities, identify risk, and manage change,

Organizing my projects in Sparx EA (revised)

A few years ago I posted how I’ve been organizing projects in Sparx EA.  Since then I’ve made some refinements that I thought I’d share. The number of main nodes have been reduced to 4: 01 – Sandboxes 02 – Common Area Welcome Best Practices and Guidelines Architecture Catalogue Project… Read more »

Requirements Management Categorizing and Organizing

A few years ago I started organizing the requirements in my projects in a very specific way and that approach has greatly simplified my discussions with project stakeholders.  My definitions roughly align with IIBA’s definitions in their Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), but are more constrained. Under BABOK 3.0… Read more »

Business Analyst vs. other project roles

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A RACI table I created earlier this year as part of the Business Analysis team’s Service Level Agreement.   The purpose of the RACI and the SLA is to ensure that the other project team members know what the BA team will deliver for them and why, and what their responsibilities… Read more »

Modeling Policies and Directives for Reuse

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Recently I started a new job and have had more time to look at how to create architecture catalogues of elements and diagrams for reuse across projects, and realized that a lot of what I’m doing could also be reused by other Government of Canada and related organizations. I’m going… Read more »

Organizing my projects in Sparx EA

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Updated (2019/03/27): I’ve made some changes, and posted a new blog entry About a year ago I posted about how I started using Sparx EA, and stated that because of the tools flexibility it can be challenging to determine how to organize your work. So I thought I’d share how… Read more »

Approval Status for Requirements, and other Project Artifacts

Like most Business Analysts, I’m typically not the audience for the different artifacts I create, so I don’t get to decide when what I’m working on is done, or “good enough” for use.  To mange the approval of the artifacts that I create, I’ve found that I use 8 main… Read more »

How I started using Sparx EA as my Business Analysis tool of choice

In late 2009 (just before version 8 was released), I began learning how to use Sparx EA.   A different branch in the organization I work for had purchased a few licenses to evaluate using Sparx EA as a Data Modeling tool, they decided to go with a different product, but… Read more »