Learn BPMN the right way.
BPMN is the industry standard for business process modeling, whether for simple documentation, analysis, or executable implementation. Today anything else should be considered “legacy” and “proprietary.” But few modelers know how to use BPMN correctly or effectively, able to communicate the process logic clearly, completely, and consistently through the process diagram alone. BPMessentials shows you how.
Our training teaches you three things:
- The vocabulary of BPMN, the meaning of the shapes and symbols. Not every single one, just the ones that are commonly used. We start with Level 1 (now officially called the Descriptive subclass), mostly carried over from traditional flowcharting and familiar to business users. Then we expand our working set to Level 2 (officially the Analytic subclass), with emphasis on event-triggered behavior. We focus on the Big 3: Timer, Message, and Error events.
- A methodology for consistent process modeling, a cookbook recipe for going from a blank page to a complete, properly structured, end-to-end process model.
- BPMN style, a set of conventions that go beyond the rules of the spec to ensure that the modeler’s intent is clear from the printed diagram alone. Originally taught as best practices, BPMN style is now taught as a set of rules that can be validated in one mouse click. Both BPMN tools we use in this class support built-in style rule validation.
The training is offered through a variety of delivery channels:
- Live-online, 3 days x 5 hours per day
- Live-onsite, 2 full days, designed for groups of 15 or more
- Web/on-demand, recorded Flash video you can go through at your own schedule
All channels support the same content, exercises, and post-class certification.
Hands-on practice is essential! Students use a BPMN tool both in class and in the post-class certification period to create models themselves.
The course outline is shown below:
Organization of the course and certification
- Why Learn BPMN?
How BPMN is similar to, and different from, traditional swimlane flowcharts, and why it has become the critical foundation skill for anything you do in BPM
- BPMN By Example
Hands-on! Dive right into process modeling using the Level 1 palette in the tool
- BPMN Concepts and Method
A deeper dive into what BPMN means by activity and process, followed by a cookbook methodology for going from a blank page into a correctly structured process model
- BPMN Style
Principles of composition and usage distilled into validation rules to make diagrams clear, consistent, and correct
- Parallel Flow
Unconditional and conditional splits and joins. [In the web/on-demand training, this module comes after Events.}
The key to BPMN’s expressive exception handling. We focus on the “Big 3” – Message, Timer, and Error – and event subprocesses.
Loop and Multi-Instance activities and Multi-Participant pools
- Following the Rules
Using validation to find and fix violations of both official rules and style rules
- Certification and Beyond
The new post-class certification procedure… and where to go next
BPMN Method and Style certification demonstrates mastery of BPMN, not only the ability to understand the notation but the ability to create process models following the Method and Style principles and approach. Post-class certification is included with the training; there is no extra cost, and only students who have taken the training are eligible for certification. Students must pass an online exam, and then create a process model containing certain required elements and email it to Bruce Silver for review. If it is not perfect, they must fix the problems and resubmit. This iterative process is where students “really learn” the material. Students have 60 days to complete certification, and are provided a license to the BPMN tool for 60 days; extensions may be purchased if necessary.
The training includes hands-on experience using a BPMN tool. Versions of the training are now offered on three different tools, all of which support validation of style rules as described in BPMN Method and Style.