The implementation process always starts with an Architecture Capability Maturity Assessment (ACMA). Before we meet for the first time for the kick-off session, we ask everyone taking part in this kick-off to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire focuses on how various architectural concepts are currently viewed in the organization. We use the results of the online survey as the basis for a discussion about working together in the organization and in the field of architecture during the kick-off session. What are the goals of architecture and what do we as an organization want to spend and not spend our time on? At the same time, the ACMA serves as a starting point for the ValueBlue consultant to discuss the points of focus and priorities for architecture documentation and governance at the level of the customer.
Logging on and practicing on their issues
Then the kick-off starts and the transition from purchase to implementation begins. During this session, both the account manager and the consultant who is supervising the implementation process from ValueBlue are present as key stakeholders from the customer organization. With this team, we now have all the parties in place and we can efficiently discuss what we want to achieve with BlueDolphin, which aspects have already been arranged and where improvements can still be made. The day starts with a demo and inspiration session so that everyone involved is aware of all the possibilities, and then we work in a structured way on a roadmap with our objectives for the weeks to come.
On day two, we jointly create an appropriate convention model with the requisite objects, relationships and attributes to support the objectives. In this model, the business case is translated into what needs to be recorded and it is clearly indicated which issues must be answered and by whom. Here, less = more applies. The more we can reduce the complexity of the meta model, the easier it is to run the architecture and achieve results faster. If it turns out later that certain elements are missing, BlueDolphin can provide simple options for extending the convention model in a modular way. During the session, the convention model is not only designed but also directly set up in BlueDolphin, as are the associated roles and rights, the definitions and any standard templates for visualizations and reports. In fact, the wireframe of the environment is ready after day two!
To ensure that the information is entered correctly, on day three we hold a bespoke training course to show your people how to work in BlueDolphin. Depending on the team’s knowledge and expertise, we will provide training on the basics of architecture, how the functionalities in BlueDolphin support those principles and what the best practices are when using them. You also get a tour of the tool and we show you how to use our super-fast support with the direct chat function and how the documentation base is structured. That means you can get started right away with BlueDolphin in your own environment!
On the fourth day, we focus on the future and configure a navigation structure. A navigation structure can be regarded as the blueprint of the architecture content that must be recorded in the coming months. Which viewpoints do we need to be able to perform an analysis? Which views need to be created to gain the insight required to determine the architecture? How do we deal with the delivery of project designs; what needs to be delivered, in which order, and who approves it? A good navigation structure ensures that the content of the environment has a logical structure so that all these questions are answered and so that future users immediately understand this structure. The navigation should feel natural and lead you logically through your own landscape of plates and viewpoints.
After setting up the navigation structure, it is now time to invite other users into the BlueDolphin environment. After all, we are jointly responsible for the content in the navigation structure. Day four is therefore the logical moment to discuss management of the environment. During the management training, we teach you how to create new users, distribute roles & rights, create objects and relations, download templates, link external sources with information, monitor everything that is happening in the environment, and much more. After this training, you are ready to work independently as the administrator of the BlueDolphin environment.