BPMN Training

[custom_frame_left]Stop wasting time[/custom_frame_left]Stop Wasting Time on Process Modeling!

 Learn BPMN the right way

BPMN Method and Style


BPMN is the industry standard for business process modeling, whether for simple documentation, analysis, or executable implementation.  With the introduction of BPMN 2.0, now officially released, any process modeling tool not based on BPMN should be considered “legacy” and “proprietary.”  But few modelers know how to use BPMN correctly or effectively. BPMessentials shows you how…

…with Bruce Silver’s BPMN Training

This goal is not just compliance with the spec but diagrams that communicate the process logic clearly.  BPMN training should also provide a practical methodology and principles of modeling style: BPMN Method and Style.  It’s easy to learn.  You don’t need deep technical knowledge.  You can get started today with our web/on-demand training, register for a live-online class, or schedule a private class for your team live at your site . All delivery channels offer the same course content, hands-on exercises with leading BPMN tools.  Post-class certification of proficiency is included for all delivery channels.

 The Method and Style Approach

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 Course Outline


The course outline is shown below:

  • Course Overview
  1. 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
  2. BPMN By Example
    Hands-on!  Dive right into process modeling using the Level 1 palette in the tool
  3. 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
  4. BPMN Style
    Principles of composition and usage distilled into validation rules to make diagrams clear, consistent, and correct
  5. Events
    The key to BPMN’s expressive exception handling.  We focus on the “Big 3” – Message, Timer, and Error – and event subprocesses.
  6. Branching and Merging
    More on gateways and conditional sequence flow
  7. Iteration
    Loop and Multi-Instance activities and Multi-Participant pools
  8. Following the Rules
    A new approach to BPMN “style”, showing how to use validation in Process Modeler to create “good BPMN” consistently.
  9. Certification and Beyond
    The new post-class certification procedure… and where to go next

Delivery Formats

The Tools

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.

Process Modeler for Visio from itp commerce has been used with the training since 2007 and introduced native style rule validation in 2011.  A 60-day license to the tool is included with the training, and students may upgrade to a permanent license at a substantial discount if purchased through BPMessentials.   A add-in to Microsoft Visio  2007, 2010, or 2013 (any edition), the most widely used tool for process modeling, Process Modeler for Visio provides complete support for the BPMN 2.0 palette and XML, import of externally defined models, and –  most important for BPMessentials – built-in Method and Style validation.

Signavio provides a SaaS-based Process Editor and team repository hosted in the cloud that offers a zero-footprint alternative for BPMN modeling.  Signavio now provides built-in style rule validation, important for BPMessentials training and certification.  Use of the tool is free for 60 days to students in the training.  Contact Signavio for further information about the tool.


Microsoft Visio Premium 2010 provides an editor for BPMN 1.2 models, and Visio Pro 2013 now offers a native BPMN 2.0 editor.  They do not provide Method and Style validation built-in, but it is possible to arrange a private onsite class using this tool in combination with an online Method and Style validation tool developed by Bruce Silver.  Validation is not as easy as with itp commerce or Signavio, but it is possible if your team has committed to these tools.