BPMN is a brilliant tool for designing or documenting your business processes, but it can be a bit daunting if you’re faced with adopting the diagramming standard quickly or within large teams.
But all is not lost – with these simple tips you can ease your adoption and see great results within a few hours.
My top tips are:
- Lead by example – get stuck in.
- Use my handy notation guide or others like it.
- Peer review models with the whole team to get consistency in your approach.
- Start with ‘as-is’ processes first, agree them, then create ‘to-be’ processes.
- Keep it simple. As a team agree, the notation shapes you will and will not use.
- Use a good diagramming tool, preferably something with team support like EA.
- Accept that diagrams are never right first time, ever, even for pro’s!
- Get proficient at diagramming first, save BPEL and other technologies for later.
BPMN Diagramming Cheat Sheet
This is my personal BPMN 1.1 cheat sheet I created in EA. I’ve put this together based on a couple of years of experience of daily BPMN diagramming within a medium sized analysis and design team. The cheat sheet contains a whole host of tips for creating basic but valid BPMN models and some guidelines on how ensure your diagrams are clear, concise and easy to understand.
To download a copy, just click on the thumbnail above.