BPMessentials has been delivering BPMN training since early 2007, beginning with BPMN 1.0. As both the BPMN standard and BPMN tools have evolved, the traininghas evolved as well, and we are continually updating the content to make it easier to create “good BPMN.”
Version 6.0, launched in March 2013, introduced the following enhancements:
- Use of the Process Modeler’s built-in repository for model versioning and linking Call Activities to independently modeled reusable subprocesses.
- Additional emphasis on the meaning of BPMN core concepts like activity and process, terms that have a specific meaning in BPMN that is different from their meaning in other parts of BPM, and why understanding that meaning is critical to correct model structure.
- Use of event subprocesses, outside of the Level 2 palette but useful in defining behaviors such as global message and error handlers.
Version 6.3, launched in September 2014, realigns the web/on-demand and live training content, which had diverged slightly since v6.0. Changes include:
- Support for mobile browsers using HTML5 or the Articulate Mobile Player for iPad (free from Apple App Store)
- Introduction to OR gateway join before the section on events, in order to better model merge of exception flow and normal flow from non-interrupting events.
- Demonstration of the Process Modeler Method wizard, accelerating creation of well-structured models in a consistent way.
The new version continues to teach you everything you need to create “good BPMN”.
The Shapes and Symbols You Need to Know
BPMN Method and Style version 6 continues our popular”levels”-based approach to process modeling. Level 1 uses a basic working set of shapes and symbols largely familiar to business users from traditional flowcharting. Level 2 uses an expanded working set appropriate for business analysts and architects, including message, timer, and error events, to model handling of common process exceptions. The elements beyond Level 2 are rarely used and you don’t need to learn them! As validation of the “levels” concept that originated in this training, the final version of the BPMN 2.0 standard formally adopted these working sets, with minor adjustments, as the BPMN 2.0 Descriptive and Analytic process modeling conformance subclasses.
A Methodology for Creating Well-Structured BPMN
Process discovery with subject matter experts is inherently bottom-up, but consistently well-structured models requires re-organizing that information in a top-down manner. Our Method does exactly that, starting with scoping the process, then decomposing it into a high-level map, turning that map into a top-level BPMN diagram, and then repeating that procedure for the child levels. You’ll see how the new Method Wizard can help!
Style Rules for Ensuring the Process Logic is Clear from the Diagram
The official rules of the BPMN spec are focused on operational semantics – i.e. operation in a process automation engine – not clarity of the printed diagram. That requires additional conventions we call style rules. You’ll learn all the important style rules for both the Level 1 and Level 2 elements, and see how to use style rule validation in the BPMN tool.
BPMN Method and Style includes post-class certification, based on successful completion of two steps: an online exam and a mail-in exercise personally reviewed by Bruce Silver. You only have 60 days to complete the certification.
A Choice of Tools
BPMN Method and Style is available with multiple BPMN tools. Private classes may choose either Process Modeler for Visio from itp commerce or Signavio Process Editor. Live-online classes use either itp commerce or Signavio. The web/on-demand is itp commerce only.