Primitives: Design Guidelines and Architecture for BPMN Models

2010 Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2010), Australasian Computer Society

10 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2012

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Michael zur Muehlen

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Dennis Wisnosky

Government of the United States of America - Department of Defense

James Kindrick

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

The Business Process Modeling Notation has emerged as a popular choice for representing processes among Business Analysts and Information Systems professionals. While the BPMN specification provides a rich syntax for the capture and representation of process models, it does not provide any guidance for the organization of the resulting models. As a consequence, large process libraries may become disorganized and hard to manage due to variability in abstraction levels, process interfaces, and activity descriptions. Based on the analysis of a process library in a US government agency we present a proposal for design guidelines and use our design guideline to qualitatively assess existing work on model quality guidance. To better organize models at different abstraction levels we propose a process architecture that allows for the systematic organization of BPMN models for different stakeholder concerns.

Keywords: BPM, BPMN, Process Modeling, Design, Guidelines

JEL Classification: O32

Suggested Citation

zur Muehlen, Michael and Wisnosky, Dennis and Kindrick, James, Primitives: Design Guidelines and Architecture for BPMN Models (December 1, 2010). 2010 Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2010), Australasian Computer Society. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176232

Michael Zur Muehlen (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States
2012168293 (Phone)

Dennis Wisnosky

Government of the United States of America - Department of Defense ( email )

Arlington, VA 20301
United States

James Kindrick

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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