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A common quality check is a validation if the content of a view or a complete model conforms to modeling conventions specified in a convention view. A convention view specifies which concepts are valid, and which relationships may be used between which concepts. The ArchiMate® model quality confirmance checks allow you to specify modeling conventions in one or more convention views that can be linked to a model. Other views or models can be validated on compliance to the conventions defined in these views. The results can be presented in a color view or a workset, or even included in a dashboard.

See also a BiZZdesign blog about model quality conformance checks.


ArchiMate model quality conformance checks


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Creating a convention view

Convention views can easily be created using for example Total views. You can use any view to create a convention view, but a Total view is the most complete view in the way that is supports all concepts in the ArchiMate model. Just model the conventions in the view and your convention view is ready for use in quality conformance checks.


Example of a convention view

Available quality conformance checks

Three conformance checks are available. The images showing the results of each check are based on the following example of a convention view.

Diagram conformance color view

Shows in a color view whether elements or relations in a view are conformant. The check is performed on all views in the model. Any corrections can be directly made in the view. The new results will be immediately visible after refreshing the view (F5).


Example of a diagram conformance color view based on the conventions of the convention view example

Diagram conformance workset

Shows in a workset (table) all non-conformant elements and relations in the views. The check is performed on all views in the model. The results also show the names of the views in which the non-conformant elements and relations are located. Double-clicking a view will open it, enabling you to directly make corrections in the view if desired.


Example of a diagram conformance workset based on the conventions of the convention view example

Model conformance workset

Shows in a workset (table) all non-conformant elements and relations in the model. The check is performed on the contents of the entire model (not only on the views). Double-clicking an element or relation in the workset will highlight the respective element or relation in the model browser.


Example of a diagram conformance workset based on the conventions of the convention view example

Performing a quality conformance check

  1. In the model browser, make sure the focus is on the ArchiMate model you want to perform the checks on.

  2. In the Quality ribbon tab, click Set modeling conventions, and select the view containing your modeling conventions. If you have more views to add, repeat this step. In the checks, everything that is present in these views will be considered allowed for conformity.
    The added views are shown in the properties of the model.



  3. Only if you are generating a color view, open one of the views in the model you are performing the check on. The results will be shown in this view, but will be available in alle views when they are opened.

  4. In the Quality ribbon tab, click the conformance check of your choice: Diagram conformance (color view ), Diagrams conformance (workset ), or Model conformance ().


Depending on the chosen check, a color view is generated, or a workset is presented showing the results.


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