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General Board / Architecture State Modelling
« on: July 15, 2020, 05:16:20 am »
Architecture State Modelling is the process of defining and working with different architecture states at the same time.

Thus you can hold a model of your AS-IS, the TO-BE, and all the other states between them. You can then do that all-important gap analysis and roadmapping work.

The subject has been explored in some depth (not too much) in a paper available here:

There are different ways of approaching this subject, and it would be interesting to get all contrasting and/or complimentary views on the content of this paper.

PCS General Board / Let's discuss Prolaborate best practice
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:01:15 pm »
The idea here is to start a discussion about how to make best use of the Prolaborate features. We're just starting out with a Proof of Concept ourselves, so I don't expect I'm bringing any new insights at this point. But I do really love the concept and the user interface is stunning. With a considerable amount of flexibility in how to use the product, it seems wise to share best practice. My initial observations and questions for any trailblazers out there are:

  • Best way to hold discussions in the context of a review? It looks as though review comments are the same as discussion comments, but tagged against a review(?). But we’re not sure how this helps us navigate on a per review basis probably because we’re not taking the right approach?
  • We’re unclear how to freeze the content of a section so that during a review period there are no shifting sands: it appears as though edits can take place within Prolaborate after someone has commented on the content – and this could rather invalidate a review comment. I suspect the answer to this is to enable user security on the database and lock the content during the review period? Probably you'd want to do this anyway to stop EA users directly altering the content under review.
  • How a moderator can flow the review comments into the model content?


General Board / Database for default startup project is down
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:06:57 pm »

Because the SQL database server that hosts the default startup project is down, EA can not open the default project and will not even start. I can't even work on a local model by double-clicking it. The process is stuck.

Does anybody know where the configuration file is to change the default start-up project?

Thanks in advance

Is it possible to use the in-built report generator to report on a selection of classes dotted around my model, so that their operations' signatures are tabulated like so:

Class NameOperationNameParam Name and TypeReturn Type
Class 1OperationX(Rows of parameters)integer

Or similar

I won't post the message until I know it is OK to do so. Don't want to misuse the forum.

General Board / Untapped Feature: "Element Decisions"
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:32:03 pm »
Hi All
Sparx 13 has a feature under Design->Element->Decisions that brings up a Decision Table window in the diagram tab, focussed around the current element.
It has a single Scenario tab with a top pane to add a number of unique scenarios / conditions / not sure?
The tab also has a bottom pane to add a number of conclusions.
F1 / context sensitive help no longer works since I installed the local help files (just take me to the help front page i.e. has lost context sensitivity).
So I'm at a loss about the value and use of this. Anyone have any experience of it and can say what it is good for

General Board / Glossary in Version 13
« on: March 11, 2017, 12:57:29 am »
I just can't find it! Help doesn't help! Can one of you kind souls?

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Archimate 3 model exchange format
« on: February 16, 2017, 01:09:26 am »
Does V13 support ArchiMate® Model Exchange File Format for the ArchiMate 3.0 Modeling Language?

Many thanks,


Having model elements to represent TFS stories, features etc in Sparx EA will support traceability and agile modelling.
We want to avoid rekeying and dual maintenance of the stories, etc in TFS and EA.
So, does Sparx EA integrate with TFS in such a way that TFS stories, etc are synchronised with model elements in Sparx EA? That is, model elements which are the stories and features, etc.

For anyone else reading this post later, and for completeness, does Sparx EA integrate with TFS for:
  • For versioning the code generated from the model?
  • For versioning of the model elements?

General Board / Changing Stereotypes
« on: December 06, 2016, 03:31:03 am »
Several hundred model elements were stereotyped "PhysicalDataComponent" (PDC) when they should be "PhysicalApplicationComponent". (PAC)
Manually changing them is one option  ;D

Updating the value in Stereotype field in the SQL t_object table gets you some of the way there. But there seems to be some 'hangover' where the old PDC stereotype still exists as a second stereotype in the browser. It will switch off if I manually go to the element properties and disable that PDC stereotype. Again, manually changing them is one option  ;D

Back to SQL I found that the t_objectproperties table held entries for each element, which were for the tags that came with the PDC stereotype. Deleting these entries cleared the PDC stereotype from about half of my elements. But not all. And now I'm wondering if anyone out there knows the underlying schema well enough to suggest where this ghost is hiding, please?

Modelling has proceeded with relationships being drawn between classes.
We want instantiate the classes into objects such that:
  • the classes to become architectural building blocks as defined by TOGAF: the classes should not retain the relationships - they are building blocks and should be freely available to instantiate within baseline and target architectures.
  • the instances retain the relationships that existed between the classes, and the instances appear on the diagrams that the classes had appeared on
The manual effort is onerous. Does this require scripting or is there a pre-canned solution in EA?
Thank you.

Does anybody know ...

Why does EA enforce a root node to have a second level of "views" before you can add a package to the third level?
Or, put another way, why can't packages be placed directly under nodes? What's the essential difference between packages and views in the browser?

Thanks in advance.

General Board / Show Connectors IDs on diagrams
« on: May 18, 2016, 08:33:16 pm »
Connectors have IDs. Is it possible to show them on a diagram?
Any workarounds it not?
Thanks in advance.

I'd like to thank very much, everyone involved in making the conference the gem it was: the organisers, the sponsors, the presenters, the delegates and the venue. I had a brilliant time and had plenty of very useful take-home messages.

Suggestions and Requests / Locate Classifier from Instance
« on: April 29, 2016, 07:04:38 pm »
Instances of a classifier are in a different location to the classifier in the project structure.
From an instance on the diagram, can locate the classifier (either right click and find classifier, or shortcut Ctrl-Alt-G).

When viewing the instance in the browser, Ctrl-Alt-G does not locate the classifier, nor is there a context menu.

Am I missing the trick, or is a feature request in order?



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