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BPMN: The Four Aspects of Process

Blog: Method & Style (Bruce Silver)

Perhaps the greatest failing of the BPMN 2.0 spec is the inadequate explanation of its most fundamental concept: process. That failure lies at the root of so much confusion and modeler error. A process in BPMN has four distinct aspects: as an “orchestration”, as a collaboration “participant”, as a container of activity performers, and as an actor in its own right. It is all of these things at once. As an orchestration.

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