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Boxology, frames the idea of the Box that represents an important Mockafjong, which is a beautiful thingymajig. It is something wondrous, fascinating and important to talk about.

Boxology was created as a result of ironical and empirical research. 

Boxology is often used and considered important in practices such as management, business analysis, business architecture, and enterprise architecture. There, colourful boxes appear in PowerPoint presentations, analyses, and diagrams to capture the audience's interest.

The following subsections outline important characteristics of boxes:

  • Boxology is ideas, ways and principles that frame the idea of the Box.
  • Definition: A  Box represents an important Mockafjong, which is a beautiful thingymajig. It is something wondrous, fascinating and important to talk about.
  • Numerology: It is recommended that 3-5 boxes, but not more than 9, are formulated for each presentation, model, or level.
  • Organisation: Boxes must be organised and optimally arranged, preferably in rows and columns, trees, and/or levels. When organised in levels, the number of levels should not be more than 3 to 5 levels. When organised as parent and child boxes, then the children should be framed or contextualised by the parent.
  • Naming conventions: The box's name must follow a clear naming convention. Typically, the box's name is either a verb, noun, or a verb + noun or noun + verb combination.
  • Graphical guidelines: It is important that the boxes are illustrated according to clear graphical guidelines. The overall box style must be visually appealing, where box fill, line, and name follow a guideline. Different kinds of boxes must be distinguished by style and preferable by colour.
  • Overlap and coverage: Boxes should not overlap and be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive (MECE).
  • Maturity: A box can be assessed for its maturity and assigned a maturity indicator.
  • Composition: The elements of a box may be intentionally chosen, composed or configured.
  • Uniqueness: A box must be clearly defined and unique. Each box must be labelled with a name.
  • What - How: The polysynonymous and flexible words ‘what’ and ‘how’ sometimes indicate the box (‘what’) and the interior (‘how’).
  • Performance: A box can be assigned a goal or objective.
  • Internally: The inside consists of an interconnected set of elements and relations.
  • Interface: The inside of a box can be viewed from the outside through the lens of a defined interface. An interface exposes certain characteristics of the inside of the box.
  • Inside and outside: A box has an inside and an outside.
  • Require, produce, use and consume: A box can require, produce, use and consume things and information.
  • Specification - Realisation: A box can be viewed as a specification, a description or a list of the characteristics that another box should or must realise.
  • Connection: Two or more boxes can be (inter)connected. Some connections are temporal such first - then. Connections can be made through touchpoints.
  • Measurement: The characteristics of a box can be measured and monitored for performance.
  • Relevance and use: A box can, to different degrees, be relevant and useful to people.
  • Responsibility: A person can be assigned to be responsible for one or more boxes.
    Dependencies: Many boxes depend on each other.
  • Results: A box can produce results such as output, outcome, impact, and benefit.


Boxology is void of meanings except the rectangles and the indication of importance. No business, operational, technical, semantical, or strategical meanings at all.

Note: "Irony, in its broadest sense, is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case." [Wikipedia]