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Design Ribbon

The 'Design' ribbon is used to develop and visualize a model by creating diagrams, matrices and lists of important aspects of the system. Requirements and other specifications can be created and viewed and, regardless of the technology or language of expression, compelling representations can be created, viewed and tied together to form either powerful blueprints of a system to be implemented or documentation of an existing system.

Part of the Design ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Part of the Design ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

The Design Ribbon Panels

Panel

Description

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Package

The 'Package' panel provides facilities to create and manage folders (Packages). New models can be added that typically contain a number of other Packages. These Packages form the structure of the model and can be used to group elements, diagrams or other Packages. You can work on the contents of a Package as a series of textual descriptions in the Specification Manager.  A Package can also be viewed as a list of elements that will include other Packages, or as a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements in the Package. Snapshots of Packages - including the complete model - can be taken and comparisons made to the current Package.

Package Panel

Diagram

The 'Diagram' panel contains a set of facilities for creating and managing diagrams and the elements they contain. Diagrams are a powerful way of presenting and visualizing a model's elements and their connections. Different types of diagram can be easily constructed using the Diagram Toolbox, each page of which provides the elements and connectors for creating a specific type of diagram. Any diagram can be enhanced by a range of overlays that transform the diagram into an expressive view such as a Kanban board, a Roadmap diagram, or swimlanes that allow elements to be allocated to different aspects such as responsibility or ownership. A diagram can also be viewed as a list of elements or as a Gantt chart describing the allocation of resources to the elements, or as a textual specification.

Diagram Panel

Element

The 'Element' panel provides facilities to create, edit and manage the elements that are the building blocks of models. Elements can be created and specified with attributes, operations, Receptions, Tagged Values, Scenarios, Requirements and Constraints.

Element Panel

Impact

The 'Impact' panel provides a set of tools for viewing how elements are related to each other in the repository. While diagrams provide one way of visualizing the relationships, the Traceability window, the Relationship Matrix and the Gap Analysis Matrix present the information in a compelling and often more appealing format. The matrices allow visual analysis to be performed and they can be exported to Spreadsheets if more detailed analysis is required. Decision tables can be created for individual elements.

Impact Panel

Tools

The 'Tools' panel provides the powerful Transformation tools for transforming a model from one format or technology to another.

Tools Panel

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