Tips and Tricks: Diagram Layout using Keyboard Shortcuts in Sparx EA

I spend a lot of my time working on Diagrams in Sparx EA, a few years ago I set up the following keyboard shortcuts to make it quicker (for me anyway) to modify the layout of Elements in my diagrams. In addition to setting up the keyboard shortcuts to help… Read more »

Organizing my projects in Sparx EA

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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 I’ve currently organized projects in Sparx EA where I work. First, a… 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 »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 3 of 5: Tagged Values as columns

In my previous post I described how I was able to use different Oracle functions to maintain the hierarchy for the Packages and Elements so they would appear in the same order in Excel as they appear in my Project Browser in Sparx EA.  The next step was to figure… Read more »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 2 of 5: Maintaining Hierarchy

In my previous post I described how I’ve started pulling data from a Sparx EA repository hosted on an Oracle Database.   The next step was to determine how to maintain the hierarchy for the Packages and Elements so they would appear in the same order in Excel as they appear… Read more »

Excel, Oracle and Sparx EA Part 1 of 5: Retrieving Data

The organization I work for has adopted Sparx EA as our Business Analysis modeling tool of choice and decided to use an existing Oracle repository for all our projects.  We simplified new installations by creating an installation package that automates the install of both the Oracle client and Sparx EA… Read more »

Why your project should have a BA

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I work for a very small business analysis team in a very large organization, and was recently asked by a project sponsor to support their request for having a Business Analyst as part of their project. Here’s what I wrote (generalized a bit to anonymize it) Simple answer is time… Read more »