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Tutorials on BPMN 2.0 – Now at

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While BPMN2.0 will take some time to get finalized, the modeling part of it is already implemented thanks to an initiative spawned by Signavio and the Oryx-Project. That enables you to get your hands on the next version of BPMN. Whenever you create a model in the community, it will be a BPMN2.0 collaboration diagram. That means you can use BPMN2.0 in your discussions, e.g. around best practice modeling.

Naturally, little public knowledge exists about the use of BPMN2.0 elements in diagrams. We’re here to change that! We just extended the tutorials section. Tutorials are designed to get modelers started with BPMN and they now also cover all new elements. Markus Guentert summarized the BPMN2.0 content in a forum post.

Go ahead and enjoy modeling at BPMN-Community.

Summing up BPM’09

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BPM’09 in Ulm was great. Thanks to Sandy Kemsley it was also well covered in the blogosphere. That allows me to point out my personal highlights and link to her posts for further reading.

  • John Hoogland – Change in Control (keynote)
    My favorite keynote. It was honest, humble, and enlightening. He contrasted the marketing blah of the BPM vendors with the reality he sees (and we all know). Most insightful, even with the most advanced customers they roll out 2-5 process updates per year. That’s process agility in 2009.
  • Discovering Process Models from unlabelled event logs (Conference Talk)
    A fundamental assumption for process mining is that the event log contains case IDs. That means, you may log information in your system but only if the log entry refers to the process instance you can make sense of it. Diogo Ferriera showed a technique to overcome this limitation. Impressive scientific contribution and presentation-wise my favorite talk at BPM’09.
  • Process Model comprehension: a human view (Tutorial)Hajo Reijers and Jan Mendling condensed their know-how in a 1.5h presentation (called tutorial) that was attracting even more people than the main conference track (in parallel). Increadibly valuable and well covered by Sandy. In short, read the Seven Process Modeling Guidelines (Table 2, page 19).

Summing up, BPM was a great event to learn, meet, discuss and find ground for collaboration. For example, we learned how people use our Oryx Editor in their research projects and how they would like to use it in future work. We are committed to support that. If you’d like to use, embedd or extend Oryx in your research project. Let us know, join the Google Group. You are invited to ask questions. Don’t wait until the next BPM.

Warming up for BPM’09

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It was quite here in the last months but this will change soon. Next week is BPM conference in Ulm. This annual research gathering is a great chance to meet people, share ideas and discuss the next big thing.

We also have some stuff to throw into the discussion so stay tuned for the news to come or talk to us at BPM’09.

You are a BPMN Modeler? – Here is your Community!

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We teach BPMN face to face. We answer questions by students, domain experts, modeling experts, and IT professionals. BPMN is definitely emerging and so are the questions that arise around it. We’ve done quite some effort to spread the word and gather knowledge. We think it is time to involve everybody in knowledge creation around BPMN.

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IBM produces Serious Game to promote BPM

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In the context of our research we recently discussed a serious game to communicate BPM knowledge. Now I learned about IBM’s Innov8 project. An adventure in which you have to ‘align your actions with the management strategy’ and ‘streamline your processes’. If anything, they know how to advertise it. I simply love the trailer.

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The Process – Business Process Modeling using BPMN

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I’ve been waiting for this moment for so long and now I’m missing the words. So, I leave it to Bruce Silver to advertise our book which you can pre-order now at Amazon.

The authors teach the key points of BPMN modeling using an unfolding business scenario, presented in an engaging dialogue between the modeler, process participants, and the CEO. By putting BPMN in a business context, the book will be of great value to those new to process modeling, especially business people who will be asked to contribute input, even though they are not actually doing the modeling.—Bruce Silver, Principal, Bruce Silver Associates.

Tutorial zu Rollen in BPMN – Weihnachtsspezial

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Seit September arbeiten Studenten des HPI an einer Community-Plattform für Prozessmodellierer. Die Plattform soll das Lernen, das Netzwerken und den Austausch von Best Practices rund um BPMN fördern. Dazu soll im Februar die erste Beta-Version online gehen. Auf dem Weg wurden unter anderem Tutorien erstellt in denen einzelne BPMN Konzepte vermittelt werden. Passend zu Weihnachten wurde das Tutorial zu Rollen in BPMN online gestellt.  Es enthält eine Einführung ins Thema, eine weihnachtliche Modellierungsaufgabe und eine Musterlösung.

Anmerkung: Das Tutorial geht mit allen Browsern außer Internet Explorer.

Event Flavors in BPMN – Get a taste

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A selling point for BPMN is the nice way to depict events. This is obviously so popular that the OMG keeps on expanding the standard at that point. This post gives you an overview about the different event flavors in BPMN 1.x and 2.0.
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BPMN 2.0 Draft Discussions – An Overview

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Recently, the OMG has published a draft version of BPMN 2.0. It’s now reviewed and discussed in the blogger community. I want to give you some background and an overview about the current discussions. In further posts I’ll comment on BPMN 2.0 aspects myself.