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Bugs and Issues / Re: Strategic modelling - Strategic Map
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:53:59 am »
I've too wondered about this feature so I did a search on google and found this

The concept of strategy maps was introduced to the business world in 2001 by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton as a means to illustrate and elaborate their earlier concept, the balanced scorecard. The standard reference for the strategy map is their book The Strategy-focused Organization.[1]. A further standard reference is their third book Strategy Maps, which provides numerous examples of the use of strategy maps in various organizations.

Hope that helps.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA V8.0 - Doc Generation
« on: May 12, 2010, 02:20:47 pm »
Okay so since I first posted issue I've been too busy to look into this issue any further until now. What I have found is that the sections that were missing in my RTF document seemed to be caused by an integrity error. When I ran EA tool to fix these errors  the problem of missing elements disapeared. The weird part was that V7.5 didn't seem to mind and created the document in full but V8.0 didn't until the errors were fixed.
The differences between V7.5 and V8.0B856  generated RTF documents now seem to be minor with a few extra blank paragraphs and the odd centre justfied text that was originally left justified. I found when I created a new template it seems to work okay.

Bugs and Issues / Re: EA V8.0 - Doc Generation
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:02:52 pm »
I've been snowed under with work since I posted this originally so haven't investigated this further yet nor have I reported it to Sparx. I wanted to verify whether it was a real issue or just one of those things that happens to only me.

Bugs and Issues / EA V8.0 - Doc Generation
« on: April 16, 2010, 01:45:06 pm »
Version 8.0 is now out and so I've just tried it on a copy of a production model. An EAP file.

Is there anyone out there who is experiencing doc generation issues with EA V8.0?
From the same EA model I've generated two RTF documents using V7.5 with V8.0 and then comparing them. I've generated these documents using the master/model document method and I'm experiencing the following issues;
  • diagrams missing
  • sections missing
  • Inconsistent indentation
  • Inconsistent justification
I'm in the process of investigating further but I'd be interested to know whether its just me. :'(

Bugs and Issues / Re: Recursive Use Cases do not work with RTF Repor
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:04:54 am »
A common trap for young players of EA - fell into it myself a few years ago. Try ticking the "child elements" item in the explorer view (left pane) of the template editor. That should enable the recursion.
Hope that helps.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Build 846 - notes crippled in RTF export
« on: August 18, 2009, 02:32:51 pm »
I logged the RTF problem with Sparx Systems and their reply is

"... We are aware of the issue and we are trying resolve this for build 848."

Hopefully build 848 isn't too far away.

Bugs and Issues / Re: Build 846 - notes crippled in RTF export
« on: August 18, 2009, 10:36:28 am »
I've just recently upgraded from build 845 to 847 and noticed the same problem where text is transposed in various forms. Its not just limited to the notes field either. I've observed it occuring in the name and alias fields as well. I can generate the RTF document several times without changing the model and observe different results each time.  Words appear to be transposed in several random ways. For instance the text "Priority outcome 2" in the model comes out as "2Priority outcome" in the RTF document.
The workaround provided by FreddoFrog seems to correct the problem. i.e.
Open RTF file in a text editor.
Replace all instances of "\rtlch" with "\ltrch"

Thanks Freddo

Of course the other workaround is to revert back to build 845.

Uml Process / Re: Alternative to DFD diagram with UML
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:39:56 pm »
Ah yes I remember DFD's from about 25 years ago. Processes, Data Stores, Data flow, event flows. Now its Components, Objects, Messages and information flow.
Depending on the level on which you want to go you could use
Component diagram where components represent systems and show information flow between them. I used to use this for showing how all the systems in the enterprise passed information to one another. I now use ArchiMate for that.

Or alternatively if you wan to show whats going on within a system you could use communication or interaction diagrams to show how the objects within the system talk with each other by passing messages.

Uml Process / Re: Alalysis tools'extension'to extract UML constr
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:47:00 pm »
You could user the RTF document generator built into sparx EA  :)
Is that traditional enough?
Its easy peasy to do.

Uml Process / Re: Reverse Engineer DB to ER Diagram
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:57:00 pm »
Its possible that Sparx EA has some kind of bug. I remember a few years back it would reverse engineer MS Access databases fine with all the tables, columns and relationships but when I tried it with Oracle or SQL Server it would only import the tables and columns.

Here are some thoughts.
Check if any relationships to a particular table are being imported by opening the table element  (Class) and checking links in the properties dialog. Select element right click> properties - links.

Another think to check your account has proper access rights to read the meta data of the database. Its possible Sparx EA is reading the tables but not the relationships due to some access rights.

If that all proves unsuccessful report to Sparx EA as bug.

Uml Process / Re: Visualize message type/protocol in diagram
« on: May 23, 2015, 08:21:53 am »
As mentioned earlier communication path is one option or alternatively in a similar manner to the example on page 84 (actor co-operation view) of the ArchiMate Spec v2.0 indicates a phone or e-mail is used by customers and customer relations you could use an interface for the application / technology to show https.

Uml Process / Re: Requirements model vs User Stories in scrum to
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:11:46 am »
You could think of user stories as an orchestration of use cases for certain personas. However it depends on the granularity of user stories. IMHO I think User Stories and Use Cases are good ideas but often misused by people lacking full lifecycle experience. By throwing them away at the end of a project you loose context and it may not be a good idea. I'd keep them myself.
My 2 cents worth :)

Uml Process / Re: A way to create a text based class/template?
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:30:57 am »
Just thought I'd mention an idea I had so it may inspire someone else to  figure a way to take it further. I had an idea that you might be able to do something with the new Model view element in version 11 and some SQL behind the scenes but I couldn't see a way of identifying the diagram nor change the orientation of the results from columns to rows.
In Fragment RTF Reports you can pass the package id to the SQL using a macro  i.e. #Package# but I didn't see anything about the diagram id.
Just a thought to investigate. I don't have time at the moment to dig further.

Uml Process / Re: help me please
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:49:13 am »
I'd start even earlier with collecting requirements 1st and provide detailed use case descriptions to fulfill these ...

Just my 0.02 EUR

I'd start even earlier than that by asking why is there a need for change. I'd use a motivation model to map stakeholders, drivers, assessments of those drives and then derive goals and high level requirements/features. From that the use cases can be identified and worked through in detail showing what the system is going to be used for.
Well thats my two cents worth †:)

Uml Process / Re: generation of data base
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:06:39 pm »
Thank you for your cooperation sunshine †:) but as I told you I build my model database manually. Because I'm not professional enough in this area †:-[
- To the darkside you have gone. Save you I thought. Too late I fear.  :(

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