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Iceberg Diagram

A very visual diagram, one that I really like because it is very visual, is the Iceberg Diagram.  It is used to explain that besides the visible items, one should also expect a lot of “hidden” ones. Things that you wouldn’t think of immediately.

This diagram can be used to communicate to business people that -for instance- an e-commerce website entails more than just a logon and product pages as shown in the following example of such an iceberg diagram: 

Inspiriational Iceberg Diagram

The above picture contains a rather inspirational form.  The following example is a more exhaustive and precise way of modeling the topics:

more complete iceberg 2

It’s not as beautiful a representation as the first image, but it serves a different purpose.  The former is used to communicate the idea, the concept that one should expect a large number of essential topics.  The latter is to really go into detail.  Whichever is the best for the job depends on the context in which it is used…


One response to “Iceberg Diagram”

  1. […] · by Patrice · in General The Capability wheel is another representation of the Iceberg Diagram.  It represents all the capabilities that matter above sea-level and below sea-level in a circular […]

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As an experienced enterprise architect with a deep-rooted passion for cloud, AI, and architectural design, I’ve guided numerous companies through the management of their existing application landscapes and facilitated their transition to a future state.