Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

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Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

Do you remember Pick Up Stix? As a kid I loved to play Pick Up Stix. We used to have carpet, so our games looked like this:

Pick up Stix

Now I have hard wood flooring, and the games look like this:

Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

Playing on hardwood is awful – the game is never in its sweet spot. Either the sticks scatter all over the place making it too easy or else; they are all laying on top of each other and they can roll freely making some games impossible to complete. On carpet at least they couldn’t roll on you… and you could stuff your finger into the carpet to get underneath a stick… and … so many techniques that are now useless.

Sound familiar? The ability to select existing components and connections based on a graphical query and drop them onto a canvas with a predefined template, aka Element Layout Selection, is a pretty awesome power to have at your disposal in an Enterprise Modeling tool, however sometimes it can leave us with a game of Pick Up Stix to sort out.
Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

Aside from trying different auto Element layouts or Selection in a step-wise fashion, here’s what I do when I have this problem:

  • Add parent objects in order to group components

Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

  • Add Anchor points to connections

Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

  • Move the anchored connection around

Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

  • Add an anchor to the endpoint of the connection
Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams
Improve Element Layout In Your Enterprise Architecture Diagrams

Now the game feels much more competitive – feels like the old days when we used to play on carpets.

– Luis Fernandez


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