In EXploringEA I’m always keen to look into stuff that may be useful. I have a view that there is so much in EA that I really don’t know about or fully understand (and this could be the same for you). Of course, it is difficult to document such a powerful tool in a way that makes the product fully accessible to all (I have some ideas, but not the mandate or resource!). I know I’ve suffered many times from some small detail being missed, or inferred from a previous topic that I may have skipped, in my eagerness to play and subsequently spend hours trying to get something working!
There is plenty to discover, for example from the various forums, however there must be people out there doing some interesting stuff that is never reported and could go well beyond my expectations. Of course, the problem for anybody,especially under time pressures, is getting to know about stuff that may be useful to them when it is needed.
Having focused on scripting for a few months (not finished as I’m still exploring a few areas) I’ve been thinking about some other areas that I don’t fully understand, with a view to putting together some experiments to look into more stuff that I hope is potentially useful. I have my candidates list but, following a couple of recent posts I’ve had some useful feedback which has pointed me into some interesting, but not conclusive, directions.
In thinking about some of the areas to explore I get a sense that I am missing something. Much of my experience of using EA has been with the front end tasks – requirements capture, modelling, analysis and design; if I look at user guide I’ve not even got half way through!
So I am curious to get a fuller understanding of what and how EA is really used. And, with this in mind, there is no better way than to ask you, EA users. So my idea is to conduct a short survey, where you can help let me know how you use EA, what you think it does well, and probably most importantly areas that you would expect it to do better.
I’ve tried to make it easy with tick boxes. I am not asking for detail, but have provided space if you wish to add any comments that you think would highlight the value or issues with EA, so that I can just get a better understanding of what is being achieved with EA – what it does as doesn’t do this could be a help to me and others.
This anonymous survey is now available at How to use EA survey. I’ll leave it there for about a few weeks, to give an opportunity to as many as possible. Then I’ll consolidate the data and share a summary of the result in a future post, so you can see what our little world is doing with this great tool.
I am sorry that I cannot offer any incentives other than I will share a summary of the results in a future post, and the hope that I will continue to post information that may be useful to somebody.
And, of course, hopefully be inspired by you to explore other areas and application of EA.
Thanks for your help.