One of the key aims of the Coeducate project is to develop tools that can support staff in the development of new courses through the Validation Process.
One approach that we identified some time ago is the Business Model Canvas (BMC) which as its name suggests is designed to support thinking around business models, something that we are not particularly good at when we develop new programmes.
We have done some work with colleagues using the BMC (see earlier post) and through this identified the need for a tool to capture the outputs of the planning activity.
In discussion with Phil Beauvoir, the developer of Archi open source Archimate modelling tool, the idea was arrived at to build a ‘blank canvas’ feature into Archi that would enable anyone to create a template for approaches such as the BMC. The Blank canvi are fully editable and lockable / un-lockable making them very powerful and flexible tools. In addition, and particularly useful for the BMC, is that it is easy to export and print as an A0 PDF to use in workshop sessions.
Rather than simply building a ‘hard wired’ representation of the BMC into Archi, we hope that we have added a whole new dimension for people who wish to try and tie together different approaches and techniques with the practice of Enterprise Architecture using Archimate modelling language. The important point to understand, is that this isn’t just a visual representation, but the tool captures relationships between objects with associated properties so that more can be done with the data in an automated way.
One possible example is the JISC work on Student Life Cycle Management Service Design in Higher and Further Education which has an approach of Blueprinting and in particular the Front Stage / Back Stage identification of fail points – those who know about will hopefully see the connection!
We think this is a cool bit of work and expect to see the commercial vendors following suit:^) Phil’s work will ship with the next release of Archi in early December 2011.