The EA Relationship Matrix is a quick way to view and create relationships between sets of elements:

 

It allows you select a two sets of elements of a particular type, either from a Package, or from a Search. You can then choose a relationship type, and EA will show you if the elements are related.

This is much quicker than creating a diagram, and makes it much clearer where there might be missing or duplicate relationships. (see the EA help for more detail of the EA Relationship Matrix)

With eaDocX you can use the Relationship Matrix for MUCH more:

eaDocX lets you re-use the definition of your EA Relationship Matrix, and then make it even more accurate and readable. You can:

  • Make the content more specific, by specifying the stereotypes of elements, not just the element types
  • Optionally miss-out columns or rows which have no relationships: easier to visualise a sparse matrix
  • UseWord Table styles to make the table look just the way you want
  • Sort the rows and columns
  • Add additional columns and rows with more data about the source and target elements
  • Add Conditional Formatting to change the content and appearance of cells

See the eaDocX Help for more about eaDocX Matrix Reports

All this means your EA Relationship Matrix can really come alive:

 

 

 

 

 

Add more columns to show more details of the data. Also add a 'tick' where there is a valid relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See how much clearer the data can be when using a Word Table styles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Conditional Formatting rules to change the appearance of cells: makes it even easier to visualise the information