Business process model and notation is a distinctly represented flow chart or tabular framework of a business process or a business process model. It is an established standard for Business Process Management if often uses UML (unified modeling language).
The primary objective of BPMN is to provide specific goals to its users, both technical and non-technical by providing notations which are sensible, by making complex processes simple to implement. BPMN provides a graphical representation of a process understood well by the collaborators.
The primary goal is to provide understandable standardize notation to the collaborators, and these comprise of analytics, developers, and managers. BPMN’s motive is, so it uses ordinary language to bridge the gap between Business Process Design and its practical and skillful implementation.
Since past four years, BPMN has been successfully implemented as a new standard for adopting differential decision models and notation standards.
Now a day there are some norms for business processing model languages, correctly used. Global adoption and implementation will help in creating synchronized business processing concepts. Which in turn can be helpful for creating globally accepted advanced processes in business.
Best practices in BPMN:
•The scope of the process:
The first and the foremost thing that is required is the scope of the process by identifying the strata of the process framing various questions, its need, how it is to be done, why, what, for whom and so on. On the later part, it should be transparently defined what the process represents. The process parameters are identifiable and differentiable, so it is reliable. The alternative processes should also be kept up to the mark defining start and end events. These start and End Events in BPMN are negligible. As processes with deliberate start and end events can be easily misrepresented. Practical use of these events can be done to represent its beginning and accomplishment.
•Layouts of the process:
The layout of the entire process should be of not more than a single page. Later on, the sub-processes can be represented using expanded details. The higher level processes opt this mechanism, so later on, we can zoom in and see the detailed process when required. Also, the creation of alternative visuals of the exact same process is recommended for ease of communication with the collaborators.
On the contrary, the layout can become complicated and unreadable when the scope and objective are not mentioned correctly. For achieving an easier reading of layout and effective communication. ‘keep it simple’ is the key.
The lines, sequence of events, the flow of the event, merging events, blasting events should be taken care of. Also look for the horizontal and vertical lines direction. Long, meandering, crossing lines. The critical path should be noted, forward and backward flow is essential.
•Initiating and terminating events:
Initiation and termination processes of BPMN should always accompany the start and end events. Different start events should note alternative instantiations. End events should clearly define parameters for success and failure rates. Merging events as managed in such a way that flows that end in same end event should be combined.
•Gateways of the process:
Gateways are used to make the event explicit or merging of two games. Diverging and converging flow require different types of portals. For instance, parallel gateways may need another parallel gateway for the further commencement of the process. It is advisable to place an activity just before a gateway when movement is divergent or complex. This benefits modifications in the events as and when required.
•Collaborations of the process:
Message flows add contextual importance to the layout only with frequent use. Avoid focusing the entire process in a single pool. As there are limitations, if we target it in a single repository, it would be difficult for extraction of the required data from such a concentrated sphere.
As Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) is a graphical representation for specifying business processes by implementing Business Process Methodologies, BPMN is crucial but, so important to follow the standards and following these practices will help you get the best of it.