The problem with modelling or modelling problems

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led by Oleg Liber

There are many approaches to, and methodologies for modelling each with their passionate champions. You can model business processes, organisational problems, organisational structure, enterprise architecture, strategic options, user experience and many other things. You can have economic models, financial models, business models and reference models; there is a unified modelling language. All of these try to help with providing insights into particular situations, and in some cases allow innovative ideas to be tested; but the insights they provide are very different depending on the approach they take, and their level of abstraction. Not surprisingly, many people are confused about what to use, which approach is relevant, and what they can reasonably expect to get from their modelling.

This session will provide the opportunity for people to talk about the modelling approaches they have taken (or are thinking of taking) in their various projects, their experiences, and what they have or hope to achieve. This will lead into a wider discussion of modelling approaches, and several experts will be present to present their particular modelling approaches. The aim of the session is to help identify how the CETIS community might embrace modelling, what it might mean for us, clarify the needs for support and education, and guide our practice in the coming year.

If you know what some of these stand for but not others, and want to find out more, this session is for you:


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