Because business process modelling techniques and tools exist in numerous variants, I’d like to share a very simple and practical process modelling approach. The software which is used is a simple spreadsheet software, and the process modelling technique is based on the Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN).
- Roles / departments are modelled as so-called swim lanes.
- Within a swim lane, the role’s activities are positioned.
- Activities are connected with arrows.
- Furthermore, IT tools which support certain activities may also be depicted.
An Excel-based example can be downloaded here. Process elements can be easily arranged in the grid holding the ALT key while dragging the elements. This grid-based layout makes the model beautifully arranged.
Doris Weitlaner presented her paper on “Intuitive Comprehensibility of Process Models” at the conference “S-BPM One 2013”.
The study empirically examines the use of semiformal process modeling languages in companies. It could be revealed that formal BPM has still not been accepted as a useful practice in firms. Corporations mainly rely on flowcharts in order to design processes. The study further investigates the comprehensibility of BPM languages. Based on empirical data the paper analyzes to what extent EPC, BPMN, UML and the storyboard design are understood by individuals. It was found that the comic representation “storyboard design” is broadly intuitive and easily understood. BPMN and UML also achieved good results, too, but only under certain restrictions. EPC and concurrency of activities in general caused some problems. The full paper is available here. View Doris’ presentation here:
An example for a process (in storyboard design) can be found below:
The Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard has seen a huge uptake in both, industry and academic research. Its promise of being one language for Business and IT has made it very popular with business analysts, tool vendors, practitioners, and end users. After two successful workshops in Vienna, Austria and Potsdam, Germany, this third workshop brings together practitioners and researchers to share experiences and discuss the latest developments around BPMN. There will be a practitioner session, a scientic session and an exhibition. Topics include:
- Practical experience with BPMN
- Empirical research on BPMN
- BPMN as a modeling language
- BPMN tools and runtimes
- BPMN for business analysis
- BPMN for process execution
- Future directions of BPMN
The worshop will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland, from November 21-22, 2011. For detailed information, visit the workshop website.