Last spring, after the Integration SWAT Team guy showed me Archi and walked me through how to develop a process using Archimate, he sent me off with a copy of the enterprise architecture as it currently exists (not including specific server IPs or other sensitive information that I don’t need anyway). a link to Archimate, a couple of work samples, and the invitation to ask him any further questions.
THIS is why you want to make friends with your IT folks.
Huge swaths of things I had planned to do, he had already done.
All I needed to do was fill in the blanks.
I took my Visio version of the Classroom Trainee Registration workflow and began to convert it to Archi.
And here….I started to run into issues…..
A side benefit of learning another language – whether it be cultural, programming or modeling – is the chance to look at something in a completely different way.
In my attempts to fit this workflow into this tool, I’m having to think about other ways to communicate this workflow.
Unfortunately, I also ran into some big problems with trying to cram a particular workflow into a particular modeling language. Hence why this post has been sitting in my draft queue since last spring.
After much thought and head-banging, I came to the following conclusions:
1) Just because I am learning a particular modeling language and want to communicate in that language doesn’t mean anyone else understands what I am trying to communicate. It’s like saying “I’m learning Spanish, therefore I am going to speak to everyone in Spanish whether they understand me or not.”
2) Modeling languages have types of workflows that work best in that language.
– Archimate is best designed for technical architectures
– BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) is best for business process workflows
I have personally decided to prioritize speaking / modeling in the
I want someone to be able to look at the picture and follow along easily.
I want someone to quickly see what is a human step and what is a computer step.
If that means using stick figures and little clip art people, then so be
Besides – stick figures communicate a lot.
And, frankly, it’s easier for ME to understand too.