It doesn’t require me to sign up for an account; it integrates well with common cloud storage options (dropbox, google drive, onedrive). As a result, I find myself using it more than I thought, especially when it comes to layers.
Interact with the map – using buttons
To interact with the Wardley Map mentioned above, you can use the buttons present or select which layers you’d like to see. The disadvantage of using the buttons is that pressing them out of sequence messes up what’s displayed.
Use the “fullscreen” option to view the map. This abstracts away browser-specific behaviours.
The click through the buttons at the top in this sequence:
- 1, 2, 3, then on 3 again (to make the selection disapper)
- 4a, 4b
- 5a, then click “back to map”
- 6, then click “back to map”
- 7, 8
Interact with the map – using layers
To select the layers, hover your mouse over the map’s page to reach the icon for layers. There, you’ll see several checkboxes that can be selected.
Using drawio online with icons/symbols for Wardley Maps
If you’d like to try out drawio online for drawing Wardley Maps, I’ve created drawio specific template, or a set of icons, that should save us time. These are are saved online and made available through a URL  because draw-io online gives us the option of specifying URLs from which to load icons/symbols – see step 3 in the image below. For a quick try, see section titled “P.S. Update on 09-April 2019“
Using drawio desktop with icons/symbols for Wardley Maps
If you prefer the desktop version of drawio, I saved the same icons on Dropbox ( https://www.dropbox.com/s/d1s4ua0rmnvdduw/WardleyMap-Icon-Library?dl=0 ) and GitHub (
In drawio, first click on File, then “Open Library,” and select where you saved the file.
Adding to the collection of icons/symbols
If you’re interested in adding to these icons, there’s a GitHub repository where I keep them. You can also modify your local copy and send it to me.
Further reading and other tools
P.S. Update on 09-April 2019
I’m still discovering what drawio enables. E.g., with this link , the stencils are now linked to the corresponding github repo, meaning that you’ll always get the latest version of the stencils.
After updating the repo, I don’t need to copy them to s3 and dropbox. Whereas you, by getting the stencils from github (if you’re using the desktop version), always have the latest version. Win-win for all. wohoo!! 😎