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Alternative Views

Enterprise Architect is a powerful modeling platform that can be used by any number of stakeholders ranging from high level executives to implementation teams, providing a variety of communication devices suitable for each stakeholder group. There are four other views of a Kanban diagram that will be appealing to many stakeholders, particularly project managers, schedulers, development managers and product owners; these can be viewed by simply toggling from view to view:

  • Gantt View
    This view provides a visualization of the work items and the assigned resources in a Gantt Chart, which is particularly useful for people who might be more familiar with this more traditional representation or who want to get an overview of the schedule of tasks
  • List View
    This view is a spreadsheet representation, where the work items are the rows and the properties and Tagged Values are the columns
  • Specification Manager View
    This view lists the work items with the contents of each element's Notes field
  • Traceability Window
    This view helps a team member to quickly review dependencies and other relationships between work items to any depth, and to locate the items in other diagrams

Switching between Views

A Kanban diagram, like all diagrams, can be switched to an alternative view and, once in this view, can be switched to any other view without affecting the underlying layout of the diagram.

Step

Action

See also

1

Ensure the diagram is the active tab or has focus.

2

Ribbon: Design > Diagram > View As > Graphical / List / Gantt / Specification

Part of the Design ribbon in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Context Menu (open diagram): Open Diagram in | Gantt View / List View /Specification Manager

List View

The List View provides a spreadsheet-like visualization of the work items and their properties and Tagged Values. It allows properties to be viewed and compared across the entire corpus of work items that make up the diagram and allows properties such as status to be edited inline using drop-down lists of values where they apply. It also has a clever mechanism that allows the list to be grouped by property down to any number of levels and a filter that is useful when wanting to restrict the view of work items with a particular property or name - for example, all work items relating to the Warehouse Manager.

Showing a one-stage workflow Kanban Diagram as a List View in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Access

Ribbon

Design > Diagram > View As > List

Context Menu

Right-click on diagram background | Open Diagram in | List View

Gantt View

The Project Gantt View provides a traditional Gantt Chart in the form of bar chart representing the scheduling of the work items including: their start and finish times and the percentage complete. It is a graph that provides a time oriented view of the work items and is useful for project managers and project schedulers or other team members who want to view all the work items in a single view.

Showing a one-stage workflow Kanban Diagram as a Gantt chart in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Access

Ribbon

Design > Diagram > View As > Gantt View

Context Menu

Right-click on diagram background | Open Diagram in | Gantt View

Specification Manager View

The Specification Manager is a simple document-based interface to a selected diagram (or Package) in the model, providing the means of creating and reviewing elements as text representations of objects in the model, using a process that is familiar to all users including business professionals and management, who might not have expertise in model development.

The Specification Manager is also an interactive reporting tool for displaying, in icon form, the status of various other features against each entry and providing access to edit each feature.

Access

Ribbon

Design > Diagram > View As > Specification

Context Menu

Right-click on diagram background | Open Diagram in | Specification Manager

Traceability View

The Traceability Window provides an insightful view of how a work item is connected to other elements in the model including other work items and how these connected elements are themselves connected down to any level. It is a general purpose mechanism and so can be used with any type of element but is particularly useful when working with Kanban boards and for product owners and other team members who need to understand the dependenies between work items and to find the related information that will help with the analysis, grooming, testing and implementation of a work item.

Showing a user story work item in the Traceability Window in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Access

Ensure a Work Item is selected in a diagram or other view.

Ribbon

Design > Impact > Trace