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Zachman 3.0 Announcement – Our First-Look Notes Part 2

Our Editor for BRCommunity.com, Keri Anderson Healy, attended the announcement event last week for version 3.0 of the Framework. Now she’s back home and has had a chance to share the rest of her notes. If you missed the first post, here’s a zipped pdf of the new 3.0 version again (with permission): ZF3.0.zip [approx 1.5M]. An official version will be posted on http://www.zachman.com soon. Visit Zachman’s new website for the latest!  
  • Terms in some of the Column names changed.

 “Location” was previously used for the “Where” Column, which caused some people to put in instances (e.g., “Sacramento”). So, Column 3 now uses “Distribution Networks.” 

The “Who” Column now uses “Responsibility Assignments” to emphasize that it covers roles rather than the individuals.

  •  Better artifact terms for the “When” Column.

 The “When” Column previously used the terms “Cycle” and “Event” for artifact models, which were often misunderstood. The Column 5 primitive models now use “Interval (for “Cycle”) and “Moment” (for “Event”). For example, Row 2 now features “Business Interval” and “Business Moment”.

  •  Swapped the sets of names shown on the left and right sides of the graphic.

 The Model Names used to be shown to the left, and the Audience Perspectives on the right. These have been swapped.  

 As part of the ongoing work to improve communication about the Framework, the “Audience” labels now use “Perspective”.  

 Also, use of “Planner” was removed because it conveyed the wrong idea about the nature of the audience for the top Rows. Row 1 now uses “Executive Perspective” and Row 2 uses “Business Management Perspective”.

  • Did not swap the sets of names shown at the top and bottom of the graphic.

 Zachman seriously considered moving the Classification Names (What, How, Where, Who, When, Why) to the bottom of the graphic and moving the Enterprise Names to the top.  At the last minute he decided not to because a practitioner shared a compelling story with him about how W-H-W-W-W-W inspired an important discovery in his work.  

  •  New emphasis that the Framework does not show a decomposition.

 To communicate that going down the rows does not indicate decomposition, crooked arrows are now shown between each of the Rows. These crooked arrows emphasize that moving from one Row to the next represents a transform. (Credit was given to Ron for this suggestion.)

 Note: The transforms relationship can be one-to-many, but that’s something you need to manage very carefully.

  • Alignment shown for two dimensions of the graphic – at the top/bottom and on the two sides.

 For horizontal alignment (across a Row), make sure your tool supports the primitives and then helps you manage the compositions.

 For vertical alignment (up/down a Column), you cannot just ‘push the button’ (do the transform), then forget about managing the vertical relationships. Change is inevitable, so vertical alignment must be maintained.


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Ronald G. Ross

Ronald G. Ross

Ron Ross, Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rules Solutions, LLC, is internationally acknowledged as the “father of business rules.” Recognizing early on the importance of independently managed business rules for business operations and architecture, he has pioneered innovative techniques and standards since the mid-1980s. He wrote the industry’s first book on business rules in 1994.