Chapter 5

Process Structure

The structure of a process consists of the components of a process (tasks, decision nodes, etc.) and the directional connections that indicate flow. Other aspects described in this chapter include grouping mechanisms, scenarios, and patterns.


Decomposition; component; start node; stop node; connection; decision node; synchronization; interface; swim lane; elemental; scenario; pattern

5.1 Workflow Decomposition

The term “process,” in a generic sense, can apply to very large things such as managing an IT organization or to very small things such as how to install a DVD drive in your laptop. From a generic viewpoint, a “process” can be anything that involves a workflow. However, this view of a process can lead ...

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