I want to describe a technique for the application of the VDML (Value Delivery Modeling Language) metamodel using spreadsheets. The technique is illustrated in a companion Excel workbook. It was developed to explore the application of VDML, particularly the aggregation of value measurements to support value propositions and objectives, and it provides a way of exploring VDML analysis in lieu of the availability of a full VDML modeling tool. It does not include some of the more complex and sophisticated aspects of a robust VDML modeling tool.
VDML was recently adopted by OMG (Object Management Group), see VDML specification for the details. See also my VDML-blog post for an overview of VDML. VDML-compliant tools are currently under development. In the meantime, business analysis and design based on VDML can provide significant value to business leaders.
While VDML-compliant tools will be important for realization of the full value of VDML modeling, conventional spreadsheet tools can be used to realize significant benefit and capture small-scope business models that may later be transformed to use a VDML-compliant modeling tool. This technique has been developed based on the functionality of MS Excel.
You can download my document where I describe a:
general approach using spreadsheets
multiple spreadsheets that represent a VDML scenario (the model of a particular state of the business over a stable operating period)
potential applications of such a model
The download is a .zip file that contains the mentioned article and a spreadsheet that can be used as a starter.
Looking forward to hear from you and please share your results and improvement proposals.