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The meaning of the business process diagram is the same, regardless of the tool used to create it. But creating models that are correct, complete, and clear demands more than a dictionary of BPMN shapes and symbols. It also requires a methodology for translating process logic consistently into the diagram.

And it requires a measure of modeling style as well, conventions that ensure that the process logic is unambiguous from the diagram by itself. In this book, Bruce Silver explains which BPMN elements process modelers need to understand, in two levels, including exactly where and how to use each element.

Level 2 the Analytic subclass expands the palette to be able to describe event-triggered behavior, critical to modeling exception handling. From the top-level diagram you can see on a single page exactly how the process starts, its possible end states, what the instance represents, and communications with the Customer, service providers, and other processes. From there you can drill down to see the details of any part of the process.

Thie popular first edition of this book was published in based on the draft BPMN 2. This second edition is based on the final BPMN 2. Although the diagram elements have changed little since the first edition, both the methodology and style sections have been completely rewritten. It puts the focus on the XML serialization of the diagram, for both non-executable and executable process models. It details the BPMN 2. It also explains how BPMN 2.

It concludes with guidelines for implementers on how to align meyhod design with business-oriented top-down process modeling. It offers a unique approach to understanding and mastering the process modeling standard, based on two fundamental principles:.

The first principle applies to modelers, the second one to implementers, such as BPMN tool vendors… but they are closely related. Unfortunately, strict adherence to the BPMN 2. When I began silcer the second edition, I thought that a significant portion of it could be copied and pasted from the original, but that turned out not to be the case.

In fact, the new edition has been rewritten almost entirely. The central ideas are the same, but the exposition, emphasis, and examples are all new. I have taught Method and Style sulver hundreds of students since publication of the first edition, and the new edition benefits greatly from that experience.

It is clearer, more concise, better organized. The essential goal remains the same as well: BPMN diagrams that are unambiguous, understandable bruc others, and complete, fully revealing the process logic anf in the absence of attached documentation. Both the goal and its associated principles and rules have formed the basis of my BPMN training since early The approach is rests on three key pillars:.


These changes are reflected in the new edition. In the original edition it implied not simply a limited working set of shapes and symbols but a more relaxed attitude toward the rules of BPMN, more akin to traditional flowcharting. One reason is the availability bfuce automated style rule validation, mentioned bpkn. That makes a huge difference, since even beginners can quickly learn to avoid style errors. The ultimate goal, remember, is a language that spans the business and technical worlds.

The Level 1 section of the book now bpmj the entire Descriptive subclass, and the Level 2 section the entire Analytic subclass. Addition of the Descriptive and Analytic Process Modeling Conformance subclasses, mentioned previously, was also of great significance.

Without them, BPMN interoperability between tool vendors would be near impossible without side agreements. It explains the BPMN 2. As most tool vendors are still in the early stages of implementing the final BPMN 2. This is similar to the Method and Style principle that the process logic should be evident from the diagram alone, but it is not exactly the same.

But realistically, no revision of BPMN 2.

The basic structure has not changed since the first edition of the book, but the XML schema has changed significantly. The new edition describes the proper serialization of BPMN 2. Afterward, the book goes back and discusses the meaning and proper usage of each of the Level 1 elements.

If you are looking for information about BPMN 2. This is primarily of interest to developers and tool vendors, but business analysts and architects bbruce find it valuable as well. Where the BPMN 2. The book provides many process diagrams, and I encourage readers to reproduce them using a BPMN tool.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to become proficient at BPMN simply from reading a book. Meethod is an old joke about sex education vs. But you get the idea. Training involves practice, exercises and discussion of solutions, why atyle ways work better than others.

I provide such training myself, both online and in the classroom, through several channels [4]. This book could be used as a reference for that training, or as a textbook in a college course on BPMN, but by itself it is not brucw.

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The good news is that there are many such tools to choose from, and the meaning of the diagram does not change from one tool to the next. But even though BPMN is a standard, the tools are not all equally good.

Some are silveer more than drawing tools. Tools mostly adhere to the symbols, markers, and semantics specified by the standard, but some take liberties vruce and there. Some tools allow you to draw pools and message flows, while others do not.

BPMN Method and Style

methor Prior to version 2. As a consequence, many tools claim to support BPMN but really do not. The BPMN-I Profile, described in Part IV of the book, provides serialization rules for non-executable models that allow tool vendors to interchange those models automatically.


The diagrams used in this book were created using Process Modeler for Visio, an add-in to Microsoft Visio from itp commerce ltd, of Bern, Switzerland.

A key reason is it has the style rule validation built in. Also, it supports the full BPMN 2. A major strength of BPMN is that users enjoy sthle wide choice of tools. Nevertheless, some readers will surely find that the BPMN tool they are currently using does not support some the shapes, symbols, and patterns described in this book. One possible reason is that the tool is based on BPMN 1. Tool vendors are often loath to advertise which version of the standard they support, so here is an easy way to tell.

That was obsolete inso if you are serious about process modeling, I would recommend upgrading your tool. The last three shapes above hpmn new in BPMN silveg. If it supports the Analytic subclass, that means it can draw non-interrupting boundary events the dashed double ringEscalation events, a data stores, all useful and part of the Level 2 palette.

In the book, we will indicate which shapes and symbols are new in BPMN 2. If your tool does not yet support BPMN 2. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of two individuals in advancing the standard and the Method and Style approach since publication of the original edition.

Without those efforts, this book could not have been written. Not only does this provide the only practical basis for model interchange between tools, but it serves as official endorsement of the Level 1 and Level 2 palettes of BPMN Method and Style.

Notable examples include built-in support for style rule validation, proper XML serialization, and import of global tasks and processes from external Visio files.

I also want to acknowledge the helpful responses of several individuals to my questions on technical aspects of the BPMN 2. Thanks also to Carol Leyba of Leyba Associates for great work on the cover design.

BPMN Method and Style, 2nd Edition, with BPMN Implementer’s Guide : Bruce S. Silver :

Finally, I would xtyle to recognize those whose efforts will ultimately make this book available in other languages and formats: Cody-Cassidy Press Publication Date: It offers a unique approach to understanding and mastering the process modeling standard, based on two fundamental principles: The process logic should be completely and unambiguously described by the diagram alone.

Otherwise model interchange between tools cannot be achieved. The approach is rests on three key pillars: Focus on the important shapes and symbols. Level 2 is still just a fraction of the complete element set, but few modelers will ever have a need to go beyond the Level 2 palette.

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