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The artefacts at each level should not really be considered as separate boxes but more as a Russian doll of artefacts where the levels above provide an encompassing context for the levels below. In this way, these levels of artefacts are not separate and disconnected are much more cohesive and provide the context and environment for the levels below them.

Who, What, Why, When, How, Where - the Six interrogatives made famous by Rudyard Kipling (and John A. Zachman of course!) What could be simpler? But those six words are much more complicated that the simple categorisations they intimate. Why is probably the most important but there are (at least) two important Whys. Why are we doing something in the first place, and why are we doing what we are doing, in the way we are doing it.

The Why are we doing it generally relates to MAGMA and could be simply stated as Motivation (or requirements) that are refined the further down we go.

The Why are we doing this way general relates to MACE and are effectively constraints that become more strict the further down we go (although the Assessment domain of MAGMA also constitutes a Why are we doing this way).


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Questions to ponder...

Does your Enterprise think of the two Whys?

When people in your Enterprise talk about why they are doing something, do they always talk about the same why or do they talk at cross purposes?

Does one group think more in terms of Why are we doing it and other groups think more in terms of Why are we doing it this way? (Remember the difference between a Strategic project being executed in a Tactical way)

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