This view lets you display the capabilities of your business on a canvas. By default, the layout will follow the order defined and displayed in the navigator, but it gives you much more control if you use a dedicated field to define your layout. This article will explain how to do that.

For the sake of this short tutorial, we will assume that the capabilities are for example organized by domain and sub domains, meaning subdomains are grouped within domains and capabilities are grouped within sub domains, i.e. a hierarchical model containing three component types. This example without any configuration looks like this:

We can now add e.g. a 'Comp Order' field. The field must be of type 'list field' and can contain as many list options as needed. This field, or any other list type field in the workspace model, can now be selected to configure the view. You select which field to apply from the dropdown in the view modifier bar. 

The values in the selected field will now determine the order in which the components are displayed. The order will be the same as the order in which the field value options are presented in the dropdown. 

Two components with the same value in the selected field will be displayed in the same row. Here 'Digital and User Experience (UX)'  and 'Integration' have the same priority:

These rules apply recursively. Here we have set different values for the subdomains in 'Integration':

This produces this layout:

Additionally, we can define that a container should move to the sides of the canvas, for, instance in order to express that the connected capabilities are of supporting nature. This vertical column value must be one of the list values options in the selected field.  The specific value is selected in the dropdown of the modifier bar:

With this selection, the 'Security' moves to the side, and our example view looks like this:

All vertical columns which are selected in this way will be divided into two groups and displayed on the left and right side of the canvas.

This will again also work recursively on any nested container.

Any container or a capability for which no priority is set will be displayed either horizontally or vertically depending on the state of the button on the modifier bar the furthest to the right  'Layout of components without field value'.

Grouping Components

We can now with the above rules, for example, create something like this

Which is almost a standard Business Model Canvas except for the two 'Group' components which have in this view the only purpose of supporting our layout. In the dropdown 'Select grouping type' we can choose a type with this purpose:

This will have the effect that these types are only used to structure the layout but will otherwise not be visible at all so that we get our standard Business Model Canvas:

Collapsing Component Tree

An additional way to control the layout is the dropdown to set the max depth of the component tree:

In this example, the max depth is set to 4 (the depth of a tree is the number of ancestors a given component has). That means all components which are nested deeper will not be displayed. This is mainly interesting in conjunction with showing incoming or outgoing linked components. While the deeper nested components are not displayed, all the linked components of these hidden components are allocated and displayed as children of the last visible ancestor.


If you use for the domain, sub-domain and the capability the same type, you can still create a view with some depth by using a transparent color for the component type. To do that go to 'Manage component types and model' in the sidebar editor in the 'Workspace' tab and click the color of the according to type. This opens the color selector:

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