Motivation Views of ArchiMate

Motivation views can be used for modelling WHY a development target is important. What are the reasons and goals for a development target, what are the principles and requirements for development. Also, the value and meaning related to a development target can be modeled.

Motivation Elements

ArchiMate Motivation Layer consists of following elements shown in the figure below.

Figure. ArchiMate Motivation Layer Concepts

Motivation View Pattern

Main Motivation elements and their relations illustrated in the figure below. Capability element represents the development target here, but it can also be e.g. an Application Service or other core elements.

Figure. Motivation View.

Example Views

Mission-Vision-Values View

This view can be used to represent the organization’s mission, vision and core values. Mission expresses e.g. “What is the organization’s purpose, what is it actually doing or intents to do, what is the primary reason for its existence?” Vision is the future state towards which the organization intents to evolve. Core values are what support the vision, shape the culture, and reflect what the organization values. Strategic goals need to be accomplished in order to achieve the vision of the organisation.

Figure. Mission-Vision-Values View.

Value Map View

This view can be used for visualization of the strategies of the organization. This view contains strategic value-elements, from which all the development activities have to be derived – directly or indirectly. By visualizing the strategic values, it can be possible to trace all the other elements that are involved with the actual strategy execution. With this view, the strategy can be made available: visualized, communicated and linked to the reality.

Figure. Value Map – Strategy Map View.

Stakeholder View

This view can be used for linking stakeholder’s drivers to business goals. Goals are the key elements of development in an organization. All the subsequent elements should be traced back to these primary reasons for all the change activities.

Stakeholder View.

Stakeholder Analysis View

This view can be used for stakeholder analysis for business development purposes: what are the drivers for change. First identify the relevant stakeholders and then the drivers for change that are in the interests of them. The “Assesment” concepts can be used for detailed analysis of drivers, e.g. according to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)  method. As typical, distinct stakeholder view diagrams can be created from different viewpoints. Another reason for splitting large diagrams into smaller, is to keep the diagrams compact and readable – for the sake of simplicity.

Stakeholder Analysis View.

SWOT Analysis View

SWOT analysis View.

Principles View

Principles View.

Requirements View

This view can be used to gathering requirements based on the (strategic) goals.

Requirements View

Risk & Security View

Mapping of Risk and Security Concepts to the ArchiMate.

Risk and Security View.


Motivation views are very valuable for designing the purpose of a development target. It is important to have an overall understanding WHY some development is important to do. However, this part of the design phase can be left out in hurry to jump into the implementation. Motivation elements and view can used for Business Case analysis, which should be MUST for each and every development target in the very early ideation phase…


Open Group documents covering Risk & Security:

  • How to Model Enterprise Risk Management and Security with the ArchiMate® Language, document W172, The Open Group, March 2017.

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