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Implementing Development Processes with Sparx Enterprise Architect

with in-model support for work-flow, qualification and configuration management

Procead  is an Add-in for the Sparx® Enterprise Architect which seamlessly integrates your process model with the project model and ensures compliance with all its workflow and qualification rules during the ongoing development activities.

Procead  corrects you according to those rules and makes the quantitative and qualitative process intrinsic at project, package and element level, while constantly providing reliable baseline, version and status information.

Key Features

  • Configuration Management for all deliverables based on decision gates
  • Versioning and quality status control of elements and packages
  • Project progress decision making and baselining
  • Visualization of quantitative and qualitative progress (and backlog respectively)
  • User definable process rules with UML and MDG backing
  • Documentation of decisions and decision criteria
  • Alignment of package version and status with subordinate elements

Process Integration with Procead (how it works)

  1. Define your Project Execution Flow
  2. Define your Product Qualification Flow
  3. Model (as you normally would, now with Procead in the background)
  4. Each time you break the rules, Procead notifies you to accept or decline a corrective action
  5. Raise project progress decisions using Procead to finalize project stages. Procead automatically saves your product configuration.

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Principal of a Project Execution Strategy

Defining Project Execution

Model your project execution strategy to your needs. Diagrams, predefined patterns and stereotype elements are part of Proceads' MDG.

  • The project execution strategy is defined by decision gates in a state diagram.
  • Transitions between decision gates represent your work between project stages and are used to rule your process flow and versioning.
  • Decision gates may be associated with work products to simultaneously define reference configurations and decision criteria.
  • A configuration is defined by a set of dependencies to its configuration items - your work products. Any element or package may become a configuration item.

Procead is now set up to guide you through your ongoing work quantitavely. Work products aligned by this methodology will be set at a baseline once a progress ruling has been made at the referenced decision gate

Example of a Product Qualification Model

Defining Product Qualification

Model your product qualification process to your needs. Diagrams, predefined patterns and stereotype elements are part of Proceads' MDG.

  • The product qualification process is defined by product states in a state diagram.
  • Each product state gets a quality level assigned, expressed by a normalized integer number.
  • Relative larger numbers map to higher quality levels regardless of absolute degree – they are solely used to determine qualification (promotion) or disqualification (demotion).
  • And again – same as in the execution strategy – transitions rule the flow between product states.

This completes your setup and adds rules to cope with changes on elements with respect to their qualification.