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University of Bradford – Stakeholder Requirements workshops

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On 11th and 12th October APS Ltd were at University of Bradford to run a series of workshops looking at the University’s requirements for course information across the board from initial course idea through approvals and updates to marketing and ultimately withdrawing courses.

There were three workshops, which looked at the background of the project briefly before we invited the attendees to present ideal scenarios they had brought with them to promote discussion within the group.  Then it was time for the attendees to add to the diagrams and notes we brought with post-its and their own notes.

We also had a drop-in session each day where we spoke to people who couldn’t make it to the workshops, or who we discovered had an interest in the project through working with the staff in the workshops.  We were especially pleased to get a chance to talk to representatives from the current Timetabling Project and a specialist on Curriculum Design at the University.

We had fantastic turn out and spoke to around 23 staff over the two days from Admissions/Enquiries, School Administrators, Academics, Associate Deans of Learning and Teaching, CART Members, Timetabling, Curriculum Design, Academic Quality, Marketing and the SITS team.  A huge amount of information is now being processed as we begin to draft the Statement of Requirements.  All stakeholders will be consulted on the Statement of Requirements before it is finalised, with the final draft expected before Christmas.

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Written by jennifermdenton

November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Modelling Bash – University of Sheffield

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Alan, Charlie and myself went to the Modelling Bash at University of Sheffield yesterday and would like to thank the organisers for a very interesting event.  A write up of the event can be found on the Emerging Practices blog.

APS Ltd has been using the Archimate standard for a couple of years to produce diagrams for our clients.  Recently, as we have been working a lot on the Course Data Projects, which focus on process improvement (among other things), we have mostly been doing process diagrams and were looking to learn from others how they use the tool and what they find useful.

We weren’t disappointed.  There were delegates there from a range of different backgrounds, from those who had never used the tool before, to those who have been using it for years.  It was great to see the different approaches people are taking, but we were especially pleased to hear about the new extensions to the standard in Archimate 2.0.  These extensions provide a whole range of stakeholder analysis and project mapping tools to use with the existing elements or on their own, and a new “influence” relationship to connect elements.  We spent a good chunk of the afternoon working with these tools and they have a lot of potential to make Archimate diagrams richer.

As someone who has never had training on the Archi tool it was also useful to have so many people together using it and asking each other for advice.  I know I will be using the hints and properties a lot more.

Written by jennifermdenton

September 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

CDP Webinar

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Alan Paull will be presenting at the Course Data Programme Stage 2 webinar on Friday 13th July

Further to comments in the Interim Project Reports, Alan will be responding to some of the issues raised including:

  • Sequence order in the validator
  • Extension of the schema for internal purposes
  • Course coding

Written by jennifermdenton

July 10, 2012 at 10:44 am