The Association Matrix Diagrammer

The Association Matrix Diagrammer


The Association Matrix Diagrammer can be used to display relationships between two types of ADW objects. Depending on the objects selected, the matrix presents different connotations. For example, it can be used to depict functional responsibilities, using Function and Organization Unit as the row/column objects. Likewise, it can also be used to depict achievement of corporate objectives, using Goal and Function objects. Data creation and management by individuals can also be depicted.

For this tool to be most effective, it is imperative that it be used after the underlying objects have been defined, i.e. after a functional decomposition or organization chart has been created. This ensures consistency across the diagrams.

Upon clicking the Association Matrix Diagrammer icon Button you will be asked to specify the row and column objects for the matrix. The diagram below depicts the first stage of creating a functional responsibility matrix, wherein Organization Unit has been selected for the rows of the matrix.

Row Selection Screen

The Create and Find options at the bottom refer to creation and retrieval of matrices, not object instances. A unique matrix name must be provided for any new matrices. Whenever a row is selected, ADW presents you with a set of plausible column objects. In this case, the is responsible for Function option was selected for the columns.

Column Selection Screen

ADW now presents you with a blank matrix. Specifying the row and column object instances is achieved through the Add menu, as in the diagram below.

Add Instances Screen

If new instances are to be created, you can use the Create option. For consistence, you should instead use the Find option. This allows you to select from already defined object instances. For the task at hand, using the Find option presents a list of possible Organization Units, the greyed ones being the ones selected for inclusion in the matrix.

Row Instance Selection Screen

Upon adding the row instances, the matrix looks somewhat like:

Rows Added Screen

In a similar vein, the column instance can be selected. In this case, the column labels have been rotated, via the View option.

Columns Added Screen

Entries in the matrix can be toggled on and off by merely moving to that location, and pressing the right mouse button. Upon completion, this matrix illustrates individual responsibility for functions.

Completed Matrix

At this stage, the matrix can be easily printed.


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