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Jackie Mitchell

Ability Engineering Ltd (Chief Executive Officer)

I have >25 years experience in high technology development in aerospace, health, telecoms and IT, as a project and programme manager, consultant and trainer. I have a track record of leading multi-disciplinary, international teams to efficiently deliver high quality projects on time and to budget.


I am enthusiastic about developing the use of Enterprise Architect, integrating structured analysis & design with best practice Project Management, sharing EA insights with key stakeholders and releasing project teams to do what they do best.

EA User Group Logo 130h

On May 24th, 2019, at STARTER in Gdansk Oliwa.

Speakers from across Europe and beyond are lined up to deliver a full day of presentations.

Be inspired, be challenged, and have fun!

 

 

Full price tickets cost only 60 Euro 

BUT for those who book before 31st March, the price is reduced even more: to JUST 40 EURO.

 

Visit www.eausergroup.com to reserve your place.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

Sponsors:

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Call for Speakers

Poland - May 2019

Planning is underway for the very first Sparx Systems EA User Group event in Poland. 

Date: May 24th, 2019

Call for Speakers - now open

If you have knowledge and experience that you would like to share with other Sparx EA users, we would be delighted to hear from you, with your proposal for a presentation at the next EAUG event in Poland. 

We plan to present an interesting agenda - containing good modelling practices, the business value created using Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and technical insights. There will be two streams of topics:

  • EA@ - for user stories about how EA is being used in your organisation (PS we like to hear stories about what went well and what didn't)
  • #HowTo - describing techniques or approaches that solved particular problems or delivered opportunities

Do you have a topic or story you'd like to share?

We will have set a 'standard' talk duration of 45 minutes, but the venue also gives us the opportunity for TED talk style 'mini-presentations' (max 20 minutes each) or we can double up sessions to make a 90 minute mega-workshop if your material needs time to let everyone dive deeper. 

The event will be run in English.

If you want to submit a presentation for the event, please contact the European EA usergroup team with your bio and a brief abstract of your topic. Plus an indication of whether it is suitable for a 20 minute, 45 minute or 90 minute slot.

Closing date for submissions: March 25th

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Venue

Gdańsk Oliwa

EA User Group Logo 130h

Join us at the

Enterprise Architect

Model Management Mountain Summit

     Reserve your place now     

 

Who is it for?

  • Enterprise Architect Model Managers.
  • Learning together and building on each other's ideas & experience
  • Tackling agreed common problems ***. 
  • To develop and deliver transferable skills and solutions that you can apply to your models straight away.
  • Think "Davos" for Large Enterprise Architect Models

*** Everyone attending will bring a question for the group, and we will work on answering them together. Here are some ideas to get you started...

  • How can we maintain control of our architecture models?
  • What's the best way to coordinate model contents across programmes and projects?
  • How can we improve the way we do model governance? 
  • What can we do to make sure quality doesn't drop as the model grows?
  • What's really going on inside our models?
  • ... [your question here]

 

When and where will it happen?

BBs from Sugar Loaf

Wednesday February 20th 2019.

  • At the Ability Engineering purpose built meeting venue in the Black Mountains in Wales
  • Your ticket includes fantastic locally sourced and prepared food from Abergavenny - home of the renowned Food Festival.
  • To ease travelling we will start at 10am and finish by 4pm.
  • We can collect you from and deliver you to Abergavenny Rail Station.
  • Contact us for local accommodation or travel recommendations.

What will it cost?

Just £35 per person.

Practical Info

  • We have just 20 places available - to make sure that everyone has the chance to contribute.
  • Ideally just one person from each organisation – to get the widest possible selection of model problems/perspectives.

How will it work?

Beforehand:

Each person coming will submit at least one ‘problem statement’ of a particular aspect of model management in EA that they are grappling with.
Problem statements to include as much supporting information as possible.
These will be accessible by everyone in a private Google group for a few weeks so that everyone can comment/discuss and think about them beforehand.
From the problem statements and discussions, we select 6 that are representative of the whole or of wide interest/application. (Selection date = Thursday 31/01/19)
 
On the day:

The authors of those 6 problems will give a short (no more than 9 minutes each) presentation to the assembled Summit.
Everyone present votes, and the top 3 are chosen to be workshopped.
We split into teams and each team works on one of the three chosen issues.
Each team comes up with some options/impacts/recommendations and presents back to the whole Summit for review and comment.
 
And after:

That will be up to you

Ability Engineering: Training, Consulting, Mentoring

Ability Engineering has recently added three new offerings to their Enterprise Architect training portfolio. 


The first new course is Enterprise Architect for teams. This is completely new content, distilled from many years of experience (and lessons learned the hard way) working in a range of organisations and with many different models. This training covers all the issues that an organisation needs to address in order to make its Enterprise Architect implementation successful.

EA for teams is a day long workshop which covers the practicalities of structuring your models and setting up your project team to work together effectively. Topics include:

  • Sharing Enterprise Architect data
  • Baselines, XMI and DIFFS
  • Reference Data
  • Reusable Asset Service
  • Security
  • Harvesting
  • Scripts
  • MDGs
  • Organisation and Roles
  • Rolling out Enterprise Architect

EA in a Day

The EA in a Day format has been developed in response to customer demand, to rapidly bring team members up to speed to focus on a particular technique and how to model it in Enterprise Architect. There are currently two 'flavours' of EA in a Day:

1. EA in a Day: Use Cases

This course covers Best Practice in Use Case modelling using Structured Scenarios. Using examples and exercises, delegates learn how to build 'fully dressed' use cases and some common bear traps to avoid. In the afternoon delegates are then hands on in Enterprise Architect, modelling their morning's work.

2. EA in a Day: BPMN 2.0

This course looks at the technique of business process modeling: when to use it, how to do it, and what tools to use. It doesn’t try to teach everything about BPMN – there’s just too much to take in at one sitting, so we cover a workable, practical sub-set. With examples and exercises to reinforce the concepts.

Using the results of the exercises completed in the morning, we then explore the BPMN 2.0 implementation in Enterprise Architect, model the processes and discover hints and tips to make our analysis clear and, where appropriate, re-useful.


For a full list of Ability Engineering training options, plus details of content and pricing, visit http://www.abilityengineering.co.uk/index.php/training

 

Your last chance!. .. to meet and share experiences with other Enterprise Architect users and experts in Toronto, Canada on April 23/24

KPMG are hosting two days of great content at their downtown offices, featuring leading Business Analysts and Enterprise Architects across many industries.

There will also be an opportunity to meet Tom O'Reilly, COO of Sparx Systems plus several Global Sparx Partner organisations, who will be there to give insight and best practice advice.  

LAST FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE - so don't miss out on this great opportunity.

 

Visit http://www.in2grateit.com/EANorthAmerica/TorontoEARegistration.pdf to reserve your place TODAY.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:36

Smarter Meetings with Enterprise Architect

Have you ever been to a meeting that was a waste of time?

Do some of your meetings end without the result you need? Or with no result at all?

Having the right information available at the right time in the right format would make everything so much easier.

 Everyone better prepared

  • Less confusion over what's required
  • Fewer poor decisions made
  • Less time wasted
  • A clear direction mapped out.

Enterprise Architect gives users access to the all the right information at the right time, and it’s simple to format it all to make meetings really productive.

So here are ten top tips to make your project meetings smarter.

Monday, 10 March 2014 11:59

eaDocX v3.4 beta available

Additional document creation options from your Enterprise Architect model are now available with the release of the eaDocX v3.4 beta.

 This latest eaDocX release allows you to:


- construct documents and document sections based on your model views

- use instance classifiers just like any other relationship to provide new document structures

- work with EA scripts to deliver even more tailored document formatting options

- plus other customer requested enhancements

eaDocX v3.4 is compatible with EA v11.

Read more and download a free trial at www.eadocx.com

Join Us On April 23 and 24 2014

We are delighted to announce the second Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect North America conference.

With dedicated tracks for Business Analysts and Enterprise Architects, the 2 days will provide valuable content from speakers across industries and countries, plus networking opportunities, to help you deliver improved productivity from your use of Enterprise Architect. Book Now!

KPMG LLP, a key sponsor for this event, is hosting the conference at their Toronto headquarters office.

Click here for more information or to make a reservation.

Call for Speakers:

A few opportunities still remain for speakers to share their productivity and project stories. We'd love for you to join us, but note that the closing date for speaker submissions is February 28th, so don't delay.  Click here if you wish to be a speaker.

Call for Conference Partners:

We are also happy to invite Sparx Systems Global Partners to join us at this event. Click here if you wish to be a conference partner.

See you there!

On 5 February 2014, the next European EA User Group event will take place in Utrecht. This Enterprise Architect event is for professionals who work with this tool and want to share knowledge to use EA more effectively.

Are you interested in how you can use EA for your role or organization? How EA can be used in combination with other tools? What the important tips and tricks are from the use of EA?

We have lined up a range of speakers to appeal to many different disciplines who can use Enterprise Architect, such as project management, architecture, requirements management, development and testing.View the full agenda, including presentations in English and Dutch.

This event is taking place at the headquarters of NS, who are pleased to welcome the European EA User Group. Sign up at www.eausergroup.com and join us on 5 February in Utrecht.

 


Op 5 februari 2014 wordt het Europese EA User Group evenement georganiseerd in Utrecht. Dit Enterprise Architect event is voor alle professionals die werken met deze tool en kennis willen opdoen om EA nog effectiever in te kunnen zetten.

De sprekers op deze dag zullen  verschillende disciplines aanspreken die gebruik kunnen maken van Enterprise Architect, zoals projectmanagement, architectuur, requirements management, ontwikkeling en test.   

Ben je geïnteresseerd op welke manier je EA kan inzetten voor jou rol of organisatie? Hoe je EA kan gebruiken in combinatie met andere tools? Wat de belangrijke tips&tricks zijn van het gebruik van EA?

Meld je dan aan via www.eausergroup.com zodat we je op 5 februari in Utrecht op het Hoofdkantoor van NS kunnen verwelkomen op de Europese EA User Group. 

On October 8th, 2013
in Nuremberg, Germany,

you are invited to join the next

European EA User Group event.

 

This gives EA Users in Central Europe the best opportunity this year to learn, share and explore Enterprise Architect best practice.

 

The venue is the RInghotel Loeuw's Merkur in the heart of Nuremberg.

Building on the experience gained at our hugely successful London event in May, the day will include a range of speakers, workshops and exhibits.
Choose sessions from any of the 3 tracks of content:

  • Track 1 - Systems Engineering Focus (in German)
  • Track 2 - Business Analyst Focus (in German)
  • Track 3 - English stream (including presentations on TOGAF, MDGs, and User stories to inspire and encourage wider adoption of EA in your organisation)

With many speakers and topics unique to this event, and supported by Sparx Systems, this is an event not to be missed. 

The registration fee of just 97€ will provide you with access to practical EA knowledge and experience, lunch and refreshments!
Visit www.eausergroup.com to find out more and book your place.

PS. There are only 150 places available, and they are selling fast, so to make sure that you don't miss this great opportunity, BOOK NOW.

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