Mastering ArchiMate Metamodel sheets PDF

I’ve created a PDF that  you can print two sided (and laminate if you like) to have easy access to the ArchiMate 3.0.1 metamodel. (Content/views last updated: 31 May 2019, PDF last fixed: 01 Aug 2019). 

On the front it contains the Core meta-model. It is depicted in the Mastering ArchiMate colour scheme (this link gets you to a depiction of the ArchiMate 1 metamodel, which also illustrates how much ArchiMate has grown over the years), which shows both differences between the layers and the aspects (active structure, behaviour, passive structure). I use that colour scheme because it tends to be easier to grasp diagrams if the different aspects are shown in different colours. It also helps in explaining the language. There is a simple layered-colour version as well, see below.

I have expanded any non-usable element (Technology Object, which is an abstraction in the meta-model that cannot be used directly, only its subtypes Artifact and Material can) and replicated the relations that come from it so the sheet only shows real meta-model elements that you can use in models (and their direct relations, except the always allowed Composition/Aggregation from an element type to itself). I’ve used a bit of colour coding and labeling of the relations. It also shows all the cross-layer direct relations.

I’ve also left out all Collaborations and Interactions. Most can now be expressed by using Junctions on relations and using just the above set.

On the second page (back), the other domains of ArchiMate are shown. First Motivation:

ArchiMate_3_0 Motivation.jpeg

Again, except for refering to the rest of the meta-model, I only show real element types. I’ve left out all the possible Influence relations (though they are mentioned) and again the always allowed Composition/Aggregation from an element type to itself. “Any Structural of Behavioural Element” is a reference to the meta-meta-model. It is assumed the reader knows what this means (in Core, Strategy and Implementation & Migration domains).

Then Strategy:

ArchiMate_3_0 Strategy in Context.jpeg

I’ve used my Core colour coding to signal which parts of the Core meta-model can Realise which element of the Strategy domain (which the standard calls a ‘layer’).

And Implementation and Migration:

ArchiMate_3_0 Implementation and Migration Overview.jpeg

Here, I used a grey diamond on relations to signal they may either be a Composition or an Aggregation. Again, self-referenced Composition and Aggregation are not shown.

Finally, the Composite Elements are shown:

ArchiMate_3_0 Composite Elements.jpeg

The PDF is fully vector, so it can scale to unlimited size without becoming pixelated. Print it on a banner the size of a house and drape it in your conference venue 🙂

And for those that like the layered colour view that doesn’t differentiate between the core aspects. Here is a link to a PDF that shows the ArchiMate 3.0.1 metamodel in the ‘simple layered’ colour scheme. The front side looks like this:

[Updated on 10 Sep 2016. A few labels were fixed.]

[Updated on 25 Sep 2016. Main changes: Left-to-Right orientation, several relations fixed, changed colouring on relations, better explanation of Specialisation.]

[Updated to ArchiMate 3.0.1 (ArchiMate 3.0 Technical Corrigendum 1) on 9 Aug 2017.]

[Updated on Nov 28 2017 to fix links]

[Updated on 19 Jan 2019. There was an error in the Motivation view. Added version labels.]

[Updated on 31 May 2019. There was a double Realisation from Technology Interface to Business Interface]

[Updated on 1 Aug 2019. The second pages of the PDFs were missing]

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