Creating & editing Value Chains

You can create Value Chains in the Signavio Explorer like any other diagram and edit them in the Editor. This chapter explains the Value Chain Elements and their alignment options on the diagram canvas. To learn about modeling diagrams with the Editor, please go to the chapter Basic modeling with the Editor.

Creating a Value Chain diagram

To create a new Value Chain diagram, click New, then Value Chain in the top drop-down menu of the Signavio Explorer. The Editor opens with a blank modeling canvas, ready for you to edit the diagram.

Create a new Value Chain Diagram.

Create a new Value Chain Diagram.

Editing Value Chains

As soon as the blank canvas is loaded in the Editor, you can start adding elements from the Shape Repository on the left.

Start adding elements from the Shape Repository.

Start adding elements from the Shape Repository.

You can use the following elements from the shape repository to model your Value Chain diagram:

Process

A Process displays a business process within your organizations. Processes and/or Collapsed Processes can be linked with one another to form a chain.

A Process element

Collapsed Process

A Collapsed Process is a Process element that contains a Subprocess. A new or existing diagram can be linked to the element as Subprocess by clicking the + symbol as depicted below.

A Collapsed Process element

Group

Several elements can be grouped by using this element to display that they belong together.

A Group element

Text Note

A Text Note can be used to comment on a Process or another element.

A Text Note element

Association

An Association an be used to connect Text Notes to other elements

An Association element

If you would like to know more about modeling with the Editor, please go to the chapter Modeling diagrams with the Editor.

Designing Value Chains

You have created and labled all your elements. Now you wish to adapt the design of your new Value Chain. You can change the color and shape of Value Chain elements. To change the design of several elements at once, click on one of the elements, then hold the Ctrl-key while you click on all the other elements that will then be added to the selection. When you have selected all elements you wish to alter, let go of the Ctrl-key and proceed as you would when designing a single element. The different design options in Signavio Process Manager are explained below.

Aligning Value Chains

While working with Value Chains it is possible to change the alignment of single or multiple elements. Use the interactive shortcut menu and click the Turn button in the lower left corner:

Align Value Chains.

Align Value Chains.

Also, as process elements may be overlapping, it is possible to change their order by bringing them to the front or sending them to back using the buttons in the toolbar:

Bring a process element to the front.

Bring a process element to the front.

From left to right, the four alignment buttons
  • Bring an element to the front
  • Send an element to the back
  • Lift an element one level
  • Lower an element one level

Changing color and shape of Value Chain elements

Formatting labels

To change the design of a label, click the Format Text-button in the upper toolbar of the Editor and select the setting you wish to change. You can find more information about label design at Formatting labels in the section Basic modeling with the Editor.

Choose a font color for the selected elements

Choose a font color for the selected elements

Aligning lables

To change the text direction of a label, select the corresponding element and open the attribute panel on the right side in the Editor. To change text alignment, click the attribute Text direction and choose a setting.

Change the text direction of a label in the attribute panel.

Change the text direction of a label in the attribute panel.

Changing the shape of an element

To alter the size and shape of an element, click its bottom right corner, drag it into the shape you desire. The element will align to the new shape.

Altering the shape and size of a Process element

Altering the shape and size of a Process element

The newly shaped element in its final design.

The newly shaped element in its final design.

Changing element colors

When designing Process elements, you can switch between gradient color and a plain single-colored design by clicking the attribute Flat Design and unchecking the box.

If you like plain color, you can switch to 'Flat Design'.

If you like plain color, you can switch to ‘Flat Design’.

To change an elements color, select it and open the attribute panel on the right. There, select a new value for the attribute(s) Color and/or Border color by clicking it and selecting a color-square. Alternatively, you can define a hexadecimal value in case the color needed is not listed.

Choose a new color for the selected elements.

Choose a new color for the selected elements.

Alternatively, you can select a hexadecimal value.

Alternatively, you can select a hexadecimal value.

A Value Chain designed with Signavio.

A Value Chain designed with Signavio.