Use Frames For Grouping

Frames are used to group cards and other elements.

prooph board supports 3 frame types:

Context / Module Frame

Depending on the scope of the board, this frame refers to a team, a DDD Bounded Context, a sub-domain, a business capability, a software module or a (micro)service. It’s meant to group information, concepts and design that belong together. And it’s the next level in the tree view after layers.

Event Modeling Slice

By default, Event Modeling Mode is turned on, which gives you access to Slices instead of Feature frames (see below).

A Slice is similar to a Feature frame in the way that it groups elements of a specific feature. The main difference is the structure of a Slice. It comes with swim lanes for user roles and system modules.

You can add additional lanes by hovering the topmost or lowest lane label and click the plus icon. Doing this on the first Slice of the board also modifies the Slice blueprint. This means, that every new Slice pulled from the sidebar will have the additional lanes, too.

You can also mark a different Slice on the board as Slice Blueprint in case you add new lanes later in the design. And you can copy new lanes to all existing Slices by choosing the action in the Slice context menu (see video).

Slices are the second level below layers and contexts in the tree view.

Feature Frame

Feature Frames are the alternative to Slices (see above), when Event Modeling Mode is turned off. You can also use them to group elements. Features are the second level below layers and contexts in the tree view.

Bird View

When zooming out the content of a frame is collapsed and its label scaled. This provides you with a bird view to keep an overview on large boards.

The two frame types collapse at different zoom levels:

Context / Module: collapses later than Feature / Slice (later = more zoomed out).

The bird view can be disabled for a frame. Open the context menu (right mouse click / tap and hold on touch device) and toggle Bird View -> Hide Details. If you want turn off bird view for all frames, please see Lite Mode.

Disabling the collapse functionality can be useful if you want to use frames as swim lanes or sections of a canvas.

Move Frames

To be able to navigate on the board even if a frame fills the entire screen, they only have a small drag zone. Otherwise you would always move the frame instead of moving around on the board.

Move BC

As you can see in the GIF, the border of a frame gets highlighted when the mouse pointer is close to it. You need to select the frame, move your mouse next to border, so that the pointer turns into a hand and only then you’re able to move the frame. Don’t worry if it is a bit tricky at the beginning. You should get used to it quickly and it really helps to navigate on the board.

Change Shape

Frames can have different shapes e.g. to represent different kinds of modules or contexts.

Chose a shape from context menu -> Style

Change Frame Shape

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