My commit history of source-code at iteraplan

What a long track record – with lots of off-times and a low commit level in the last few years 🙂

kvoges commit history at iteraplan

kvoges commit history at iteraplan

iteraplan is such a great EA Tool!

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EA Visualization – Roadmap/Gantt Chart/Life-Cycle

A popular visualization within Enterprise Architecture is the Roadmap or Gantt Chart. Sometimes also called a Masterplan or Timeline.

The roadmap diagram presents a timeline showing periods and status information of e.g. applications, projects, servers or business units. Sometimes the elements carry just one period, e.g. productive from until. Sometimes the elements have different life-cycles with different start and end dates.

A roadmap helps to show and map the evolution of your Enterprise Architecture over time and this to identify potential dependencies or interference between elements due to gaps or overlap in their life-cycles.

Here is an Example of a roadmap with different life-cycles for the applications, e.g. Development, Test, Production, Phase-Out:

Application Life-Cycle Roadmap

Application Life-Cycle Roadmap

This roadmap was technically generated with d3js and the gantt chart extension based on an Enterprise Architecture Repository, currently in development.

If you are interested in these visualizations and a new tool for EAs and CIOs, please join my startup search phase.

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The power of visualizations in Enterprise Architecture

The central drivers for Enterprise Architecture Management are the goals and areas of concern of your stakeholders. Valuable tools for answering stakeholder questions are visualizations and reports.

Visualizations allow you to see different information combined in one view, often much quicker to understand than text and easier to remember. Ordering, of elements, coloring, size, forms etc help with a fast analysis and understanding. The brain just loves them!

For the domain of Enterprise Architecture, each visualization presents a specific view of the overall architecture and is based on stakeholder perspectives. These views reveal where interdependencies exist and highlight the impact of changes. The most common EAM visualizations – which are often configured according to stakeholder-specific requirements – are:

  1. Relationship Visualisations, e.g.
    1. Clusters
    2. Maps
    3. Landscapes
    4. Graphs
  2. Time-based Visualizations, e.g.
    1. Line-Charts, Plots
    2. Roadmaps (sometimes called Gantt Charts, Timeline, Life-Cycle or Masterplan)
  3. Number Charts
    1. Pie-Charts
    2. Bar-Charts
    3. Portfolio Charts
  4. Semi or unstructured drawings (Trees, Bridges, …)

What is your favourite or most used visualization type?

Any visualisation type you are missing? Feel free to send in your favorite visualizations that resonated well with your stakeholders.

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iteraplan for Sparx EA – MDG

iteraplan for Sparx EA – MDG

Get your iteraplan look and feel into the most wide-spread IT-Architect’s favorite modelling Tool (Sparx EA): The iteraplan for Sparx EA MDG is the solution.

Equip your Enterprise Architect users with a model-based framework for implementing architectures using the iteraplan notation. Tightly integrated with Sparx Enterprise Architect, iteraplan for Sparx EA extends UML 2.1 to support the iteraplan approach to enterprise architecure management.

This Enterprise Architect’s plug-in introduces support for the latest iteraplan 3.X releases. Leveraging all the powers within Enterprise Architect, iteraplan for Sparx EA (MDG) empowers practitioners with built-in support for iteraplan types, relationships, Diagrams and much more.

  • Use the same elements, names and relationships in both tools
  • iteraplan style in Sparx EA – Have iteraplan’s types, visuals and relationships at your modelling fingertips in Sparx EA

Thanks to Bernd Moeske and for their great support!

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Re-Birth in Blogosphere

It has been a while that I was regular blogging. Maybe now is the time to restart it?
A lot is getting reboot at the moment, so why not the blogging. Twitter is another area, that should see some more attention from me, as well as Google+.
Please remind me of regular updating my blog about news in the world of Enterprise Architecture Management, CIOs, Visualizations, Data, Lean, Startup, Kanban, …

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Alignment in the EA Tool Market

Inspired from Seth’s Blog: Alignment:

Seth Godin made me think about the alignment of iteraplan – the OpenSource EA Tool and the rest of EA Tools in the market.

So here are my thoughts on it – the good side:

iteraplan: You want a EA Starter Tool. You are growing out of Visio/Excel/Powerpoint/etc., but your organisation does not have a high EA maturity level yet. iteraplan wants to be a QuickStart solution which you can testdrive since it is OpenSource. It is not covering all EA Management areas, which keeps you focussed.

alfabet/planningIT: You want to be seen as a great planner and IT Portfolio Manager. Normally Excel and Gantt-Charts are your world. planningIT shows you how you should do it, according to what they think IT planning is about, charging a lot, since you might also benefit this.

Troux: You want the Full-Monty, a prestige product that covers all possibilities in the EA World. And Troux wants to reliably and consistently charge a lot for an EA Tool that sends a message to everyone else.

Same with no alignment:

iteraplan: You want the Mercedes of EA Tools, but want to pay only for a bike. iteraplan don’t wants to loose you and tells you that enhancing the car to a Mercedes is on the Roadmap. You could sponsor it, since it is OpenSource!

alfabet/planningIT: You want to be seen as a great planner and IT Portfolio Manager. Normally Excel and Gantt-Charts are your world. planningIT imposes their thinking and you have to follow them or leave it. Wait, haven’t I been doing this for years?

Troux: You want a EA Tool. You are growing out of Visio/Excel/Powerpoint/etc., but your organisation does not have a high EA maturity level yet. And Troux wants to reliably and consistently charge a lot for an EA Tool that sends a message to everyone else.

What are your thoughts? How do you perceive alignment in the EnterpriseArchitecture tool market?

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It’s a reading day and links for you

Since most of today I spent in trains it was a reading day (with lots of and news in google reader )and therefore here some links describing my findings of the day:

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Linchpin Meetup in Munich Dec 7

As a regular reader of Seth Godin’s Blog I came across the Linchpin Meetup on December 7
If you are interested in getting a meeting started in Munich – sign up at MeetUp!

It all started with the book Linchpin – and even a dedicated blog is up to connect Linchpins. So stop being a cog and start your new working life as a linchpin!

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Solve problems and present your ideas

In my daily work life as an IT-Management consultant (specialised in Enterprise Architecture – EAM) and as a product manager for the first open-source EA Tool iteraplan I have to do quite a few workshops with clients, prospects and users, as well as selling ideas about the tool to our management, prospects, developers.
It all went fine so far, but I was always driving to get better at this and was looking for ways to become a better consultant and a better presenter. Besides the social skills – I do like to enhance my methodical skills as well.
And just recently – after reading some books about presentations (like slide-ology) and design thinking (like Change by design) I learned about Dan Roam’s “The Back of the Napkin” in a great training about sales and marketing. A highly recommended reading, since it provides a very strong and very generic tool for problem solving as well as approaching, structuring and designing presentations.
There is also a Back of the Napkin blog with some videos for a quick start.
I think the German translation is also very good, if you prefer German.
If you need further help there is also a hands-on working book available (German edition), which I also bought – but haven’t read yet.

I hope you enjoy this read as much as I do. Now there are two other books on my ToRead-List:

  1. Seth Godin: Linchpin
  2. Lisa Gansky: The Mesh

If there just would be a faster way to insert knowledge into the brain than reading!

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From Scrum to Kanban

Great read:
From Scrum to Kanban – good and bad reasons to switch.

Currently at iteratec we do Kanban for the development of the first OpenSource EA Tool iteraplan. Now for a bit more than a year already.
It helps us in getting things done in an agile world with now 30 customers paying for maintenance and the further development of the product.

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