As you might have guessed, I’m writing these posts as I am doing the work.
And you may have noticed that I am not doing the stages “in order”.
I’m organizing and creating the pieces as the opportunity and inspiration presents itself.
Such is the risk when a venture like this is done as a “side job”.
All of this information eventually appears in the following stages:
– Preliminary (to see what we have) – referenced in the Architecture Definition Document. Eventually.
– A: Architecture Vision (to help us developone)
– and the appropriate Architecture development stage
It’s messy. A lot like life.
I wanted to show you my process for documenting workflows.
Phase 1 – what it looks like on paper
Personally – I find it a lot easier to hash workflows analog.
There are many ways to do this. I know sticky notes are really popular.
But I tend to come up with these ideas in random environments.
I don’t have an “assigned” office where I work.
And I fear losing sticky notes.
Phase 2 – getting it on computer in a way I understand it
So this is the first draft. I left out specifics for my organization, but I figure this is a general workflow for a lot of us.
A few things I am trying to do here.
– First pass at an attempt at Archimate. As in….first time EVER…. I warned you that you are seeing this as I do it.
– Get it in electronic format.
– Refine it. I think differently on paper than I do on computer. I catch things I may have missed.
This was done in Visio. But you can also do this in PowerPoint or Word if you have access to those.
Since this is my first process flowchart for this Learning Ecosystem in this new format, I am also using this as an opportunity to build out my templates.
Next steps for me….
– Show this to my colleagues on the team. Is this right? Does this make sense if I wasn’t around to explain it?
– Once I have the workflow right….talk to our SWAT team – does this make sense to them? Could they work with it? Remember – this whole initiative is about being able to communicate to both the business side (ie – the trainers) and the IT side (which is being represented by the SWAT team)
– Talk to our resident Archimate expert. To see how badly I bungied this and what I need to do to modify and other considerations.
There are lots and lots of these to build. Not just for the individual workflows but also for how they relate to each other.
Think I need to build out a production list…..