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How to create system maps with Smaply: stakeholder maps, value network maps, ecosystem maps


You can use Smaply to create stakeholder maps, value network maps and ecosystem maps. There are slight differences between the maps. 



Stakeholder maps


A stakeholder map illustrates the different stakeholders and categorizes them into three circles. The naming of the circle can vary depending on the focus of the map, e.g. essential – important – interesting,  or local – national – international.





To create a stakeholder map with Smaply:

1. create a new stakeholder map

2. name the circles A-B-C on the bottom right corner

3. drag and drop the personas into the template and place them on the right circle


You can delete stakeholders from a stakeholder map by dragging them off the map. To entirely delete stakeholders from the map, please go to personas and chose "stakeholders" on the right-hand side. Here you can delete them entirely. 



Value network maps


Value network maps add to stakeholder maps by also showing how the stakeholders are related to each others, e.g. if they share trust, money, information, etc.



To create a value network map with Smaply, you need a stakeholder map with at least two stakeholders on the template. 

1. Click on the first stakeholder – he's the one who shares something

2. An arrow arises. Draw the arrow to the second stakeholder and click the stakeholder. He is the one to get something

3. Define the type of the relationship by giving it a title and a symbol. Is it trust? Information? A service?



Ecosystem maps


Finally ecosystem maps, other than stakeholder maps or value network maps, do not only focus on human stakeholders but also include systems and programs as stakeholders.



To create a ecosystem map with Smaply, simply treat programs etc. as stakeholders or personas and drag and drop them into your stakeholder map. 

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