Business Process Modeling

Business Process Modeling

We always hear the phrase ‘’ Trust the Process ‘’ and face it we always do.
 If we follow the guidelines that are proven to be working, we get our expected results in the end, and it is never a surprise. Yet this does not only apply to lifestyle and life choices it also applies to your business. But what or who makes that process perfect? The answer is You! But let us get into the details a bit, shall we?!
 
So, what is Business Process Modeling aka (BPM)?

Business Process Modeling is the graphical representation of a company’s workflows or simply an illustration of an organization’s business process. Modeling BP is a key component for a highly functioning business process management.

And of course, that is not all there is to it when it comes to something that is crucial for your business you would think there would be multiple approaches when it comes to Business Process Modeling or multiple techniques.

So, let us talk about the Different Business Process Modeling Techniques.
Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)
One of the most popular techniques among large enterprises around the world.
The reason why this technique takes the crown is because it is primarily designed for process modeling, unlike the rest of the methods whose original intent was different from process modeling. 
So, this method simply uses standardized symbols and signs to represent different activities and interactions 

The symbols and signs used in BPMN are

Connecting objects: A dash combined with a long line is used to represent a task that has been transferred from one point to another.

Flow Objects: Circles are used to represent events in the flow objects category whilst rectangles with round corners represent activities and diamond shapes showcase decision points, see we did have a use for all those shapes we took in math class after all.

Artifacts: Used to fill in the missing information, Dotted lines show how the additional information is added, Squares outlined with dots and dashes help group elements while square brackets are used in annotating text.

Swim Lanes: This one is for the team game when two or more people must coordinate and share work to complete their task, pool represents the task whiles lanes denote people or teams

Example:

 

 

Training Agenda

Total course duration 16 hours

Weekend Round through 2 full Saturdays.

Weekday across 4 sessions during weekdays from 02:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Target Audience

  • Department Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Owners and business representatives
  • Project Managers
  • Developers and Testers
Flowcharts 

 

Okay, so I believe this one needs no introduction. Everyone is familiar with flowcharts or at least with the concept itself.
Creating a flowchart is insanely simple and most business users feel comfortable with it but with that much simplicity comes a drawback the flowcharts are only good when it comes to simple representations but lack the ability to model complex interactions.

 

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UML Diagrams

 

UML stands for Unified Modeling Language, which was originally designed for software development, yet it is one of the popular techniques of Business Process Modeling.
UML is an object-oriented representation chart portray the relationship between the ‘’ actors ‘’ and the ‘’ systems ‘’ and that technique has different types for example 
Object diagram.

 

Example:

 

 

Package diagram
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Communication diagrams, Etc ..
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Gantt Charts.
Gantt Charts are mainly used by business experts as it helps break down a complex task into multiple sub-tasks linked by dependencies and each one of those sub-tasks has a certain time frame within which the task needs to be completed.
Gantt Charts shines the most when it comes to representing tasks that are driven by tight deadlines because as we explained each sub-task in the chart needs to be completed within a certain time frame to reach the desired results it is also easy to edit so companies can easily keep track of workflows to make sure there is no delay.

 

 

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PERT Chart or Diagrams.
PERT Diagrams aka The Program Evaluation and Review Technique, I know we should just use PERT the abbreviation saves a lot of time.
One of the major advantages of using PERT is that instead of creating theoretical solutions, it is used to represent a realistic timeline for a process to be completed so users can create workflows using multiple methods and sources to identify the method that will help them complete the tasks ASAP.

 

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Now that we have talked about most of the Business Process Modeling techniques let us now talk about some of the
Advantages of Business Process Modeling.

 

  • Get a clear picture of the entire organizational processes.
  • Make crucial business decisions after a thorough review of the current process. 
  • Bring about improved workflows using graphical representation.
  • Lets you understand automation and allows you to stop redundant tasks from consuming your workforce’s time.
  • Create a better workflow process thus better business performance and paves the way for future improvements and expansions. 

 

So, here in Business Borderlines we are not only going to help you with Business Process Modeling, but we are also going to teach all there is to know if you are willing to learn as well.
 pave your way to greatness with us either with your Business or with your career as a BA.