Tools for Traceability
in Enterprise Architect
Webinar May 2013
Mr Scott Hebbard, Communications Manager at Sparx Systems, demonstrates how to use a variety of traceability tools in Enterprise Architect. Learn how to:
- Describe, capture and understand relationships.
- Record and track changes.
- Leverage Model Search capabilities.
Explore the Model
We have provided a copy of the Enterprise Architect model that was used in the webinar.
Questions & Answers
Q: What version of Enterprise Architect did you use in this presentation?A: Enterprise Architect 10.0, Build 1007
Q: What other Strategic Models are available within Enterprise Architect?A: Enterprise Architect offers the following Strategic Models:
- Organizational Chart
- Value Chain
- Balanced Scorecard
- Strategy Map
- Decision Tree.
Q: Is it possible to trace requirements to artifacts that sit outside of the model repository?A: Yes. You can use the Files tab in Element Properties dialog to establish links to external artifacts, such as a website or office document. Our Requirements Traceability video demonstration provides an example.
Q: The example shown in the Webinar used CRUD text overlays. Is it possible to use other text combinations?A: Yes. You define the actual values that are entered and displayed within the Relationship Matrix. So the characters can refer to whatever interpretation of CRUD your organization uses or another standard set of indicators such as BREAD (browse, read, edit, add, delete ), or your own custom set of indicators such as M for Modified or A for approved. You also have the ability to specify if the values are mutually exclusive.
Q: Can you please summarize the Traceability Window? What do the icons etc. represent?A: The Traceability Window shows you how elements are connected and how they influence each other. The Traceability toolbar allows you to quickly locate and discover details about a given element in the Traceability Window. It also helps you to filter which relationship types are displayed, making it easier to find elements of interest quickly. Here is a description of each icon (in order, left to right):
- Locate Element
- Related Element Properties
- Find Element Usage (in diagrams)
- Control which relationship types and corresponding elements are displayed
- Context sensitive help.
Q: Can we have a copy of the model used for this presentation?A: Yes. Here it is
Q: Context Filter – looks great – how do you turn it on?A: Here's an excerpt from the help topic:
Right-click diagram background | Context Filtering, Or
Diagram Filters window | right-click background | Context Filtering, Or
Diagram Format Toolbar | Context Filter icon