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New Revision (“The ISO 42010 Mix”) of TRAK Released

by Nic Plum on Friday 21 January, 2011 - 16:37 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNewsStandards and tagged with architecture descriptiondefinitionincoseiso42010standardtrakviewpoint 

Just managed to shovel the last part of the documents that defines TRAK into cyberspace last night. The main purpose of the revision is to anticipate the likely requirements from ISO/IEC 42010 expected to be released under a slightly new name during 2011. There are quite a few changes to the ISO ... [Read full article]


Representing ‘The Needy’ in MODAF - The Needline

by Nic Plum on Tuesday 11 January, 2011 - 13:25 GMT in Architecture FrameworkMODAFStandards and tagged with 1.2.004configuration controlmodafneedlineoperational 

I’m spending a lot of time playing ‘spot the difference’ to capture the changes in the Canadian DNDAF (at v1.7 from 1.6), MODAF (at 1.2.004 from 1.2.003) and NATO AF (at 3.1 from 3 - or at least will be when the documentation is properly accessible). This is harder than it needs be owing to the ... [Read full article]


RSSB - Research and Development - The (UK) Railway Functional Architecture (RFA)

by Nic Plum on Thursday 23 December, 2010 - 22:57 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews and tagged with researchrssbseastrategytraktsaguk 

Research streams are managed by the RSSB on behalf of the UK Technical Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG). An idea of the context for both organisations is provided within the demonstration architecture description on this site. From the UK Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) - Research & ... [Read full article]


Using Relationships and a Repository - Visualisation

by Nic Plum on Sunday 21 November, 2010 - 14:32 GMT in Architecture ModellingTools and tagged with berlowrelationshiprepositoryvisualisation 

This is a recurring theme. Systems-thinking, systems engineering and architecture description are primarily concerned with identifying and managing the important relationships with other things in the world. They are relationship-centric rather than object-centric. It is often hard for folks used ... [Read full article]


Integrated EA 2011 - Draft Programme Released

by Nic Plum on Sunday 21 November, 2010 - 13:27 GMT in Architecture FrameworkDODAFMODAFNAFTRAKNews and tagged with conferenceintegrated ealondon 

A list of the presentations/topics and speakers has been released for Integrated EA 2011 to be held on 1st and 2nd March 2011 in London. The list from the Integrated EA site - Tuesday, 1st March 2011 KEYNOTE Air Commodore Mark Neal EA on the front-line – ... [Read full article]


DODAF 2 - Now That Systems Views Deprecated, What Happens?

by Nic Plum on Friday 19 November, 2010 - 18:47 GMT in Architecture FrameworkDODAFStandards and tagged with advicecapabilitydoddodaflinkedinoperationalprojectservicesystemviewpoint 

In releasing DODAF 2 significant changes were made from DODAF 1.5 not the least of which are the changes to the definition and use of ‘System’ which can now perform functions, be made from materiel and personnel rather than just computer hardware - all good and very necessary when representing a ... [Read full article]


INCOSE Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2010 - TRAK Links

by Nic Plum on Friday 19 November, 2010 - 16:43 GMT in Architecture FrameworkTRAKNews and tagged with conferenceincoseoxfordshirepresentationtrak 

The presentations made at the INCOSE UK chapter Annual Systems Engineering Conference 2010 together with the accompanying papers are available courtesy of the Internet in various places: Human Factors - On the Right TRAK? Nic Plum (Eclectica Systems Ltd.) & Chris Lowe (Liv Systems Ltd.) INCOSE UK ... [Read full article]


Architecture Description Language (ADL) vs Architecture Framework

by Nic Plum on Sunday 24 October, 2010 - 18:38 GMT in Architecture FrameworkArchitecture ModellingStandards and tagged with adlarchitecture descriptionarchitecture description languagearchitecture frameworkieee1471iso42010managementplanstandard 

This arose out of an email conversation I’ve been having with Rich Hilliard and Dave Emery relating to ISO/IEC 42010 which is now at the Final Committee Draft stage. I’d been looking at ArchiMate in terms an architecture description language for use with TRAK. The ability to use ArchiMate with TRAK ... [Read full article]


Standards - Site Appearance in Internet Explorer 8 vs Anything Else

by Nic Plum on Wednesday 13 October, 2010 - 18:44 GMT in SiteStandards and tagged with browsercsssitestandard 

This is by way of an explanation for those who use Internet Explorer who think this part of the site (at best!) looks something like: The Residual World’ as presented by Internet Explorer 8 or indeed that the wiki looks something like: .The Wiki as presented by Internet Explorer 8 Quite simply, it ... [Read full article]


Brake Fast in Emergency by Sleepertrack (Humour)

by Maestoso on Tuesday 05 October, 2010 - 13:52 GMT in Fun and tagged with architectureconcerthumourlondonsong 

Made the mistake in mentioning in an email to Colin Wood that I was off to see Supertramp at the O2 in London tomorrow (which dates me I know and what’s worse is that I first saw them in London whilst a student but have no recollection of it, hence the second attempt).  Colin quickly replied adding ... [Read full article]



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