The following table represents my interepretation of the Zachman Framework:
I have taken this framework and applied the following de Bono metaphor:
I also incorporated my own metaphor to differentiate the axes:
These two modifications produced the following table:
This is where I had an “aha” moment. I asked myself what the entities would be:
I also recognized that in each column these entities were related hierarchically allowing the creation of a six dimensional hypercube. In creating the hypercube it was possible to look at a variety of “slices”. For example:
The table above combines Motive with Person. We can see that Motive is verbal while Person is a noun.
Next we will combine Function and Data to create another slice:
Again, Function is a verb and Data is a noun.
Let’s look at one final slice:
Here we see that nodes and time have many possible states.
But, why am I doing this exhaustive analysis of the possible combinations in the Six Hats, Six Coats hypercube?
Let’s go back in time for a moment and look at this table:
When Dmitri Mendeleev created this table to describe periodic behaviour of the elements, many of the elements had not been discovered. However, the table projected what the properties of those elements would be making the search much easier.
The Six Hats, Six Coats hypercube is also a form of periodic table. Its entire collection of possible cells are called the framework space. Many of the cells in the hypercube do not yet exist, however their properties can be predicted. This makes their search and discovery of system components systematic instead of random or organic.