Context Map

when analyzing the integration pattern between a system’s bounded contexts we can plot them on a context map

the context map is a visual representation of the system’s bounded context and the integration between them. this visual notation gives valuable strategic insight on multiple levels

  • High-level design
    • a context map provides an overview of the system’s components and the models they implement
  • communication patterns
    • a context map depicts the communication patterns among teams for example which teams are collaborating and which prefer less intimate integration patterns such as the anticorruption layer and separate ways patterns.
  • organizational issues
    • a context map can give insight into organizational issues, for example what does it mean if a certain upstream team’s downstream consumers all resort to implementing an anticorruption layer.


Ideally, a context map should be introduced in a project right from the get-go and be updated to reflect additions of new bounded contexts and modifications to the existing one. A context map can be managed and maintained as code using tools like context mapper


it’s important to note that charting a context map can be a challenging task when a system’s bounded contexts encompass multiple subdomains there can be multiple integration patterns at play, even if bounded contexts are limited to a single subdomain there still can be multiple integration patterns at play - for example, if the subdomains modules require different integration strategies.