How do I get started on business process modeling?

Business Process - Patient Registration



Start by keeping your process simple.

Approach with a simple overview.

One approach to getting started is to understand what type of process you need to design for your business. Is it private or internal to your organization? Is it a public or external to your organization? Is it possibly both in that you have an internal process that needs to collaborate with an external process?

Remember to focus on:

  • Activity (Process/Tasks)
  • Data Objects (Artifacts)
  • Gateways (branching, forking, merging, and joining of paths.)



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Business Process - Vehicle Registration


Know the scope of your process.

Have a beginning and ending in mind.

Where does your process begin and where does it end?  Business processes Start and end with an event.  Also, note that an event can be something that “happens” during the course of a business process. These events affect the flow of the process and usually have a cause (trigger) or an impact (result). 

Remember to focus on:

  • Events (Start, Intermediate,  End)
  • Flow (Sequence Flows, Message Flows and Associations.)


Hands-On Lessons 

Includes important topic areas immediately valuable to you. 

 There are nearly nineteen chapters in the tutorial. We also will send you a free community edition of our modeling tool software. Here are a few of the more popular topics:

  • Overview of Business Planning
  • Diagramming/Dictionary Basics
  • Business Planning Techniques
  • Business Process Techniques
  • Business Process Modeling Basics
  • Data Repository/Business Glossary

A brief demo of BPMN

Other supported diagram types include: Class Diagram, State Transition Diagram, Activity Diagram, Sequence Diagram, Collaboration Diagram, Business Process Diagram with BPMN, Custom