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What Is a ‘Gateway’ in BPMN?

When it comes to providing your company with a greater level of clarity regarding its most essential operations, Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN 2.0) can give you the perspective you need. The graphical language is designed to equip practitioners to map out business processes of varying complexity within business process models – making it easier to highlight points for optimization, as well as errors and bottlenecks.

Gaining a working level of fluency in BPMN can do wonderful things for the efficiency of a business. However, as any manager knows, the processes within an organization are rarely simple. There will typically be several stages where the direction of a process can go one of several ways.

Displaying these ‘decision points’ is the purpose of ‘BPMN Gateways’. They are used in a BPMN diagram to symbolize points where conditions have the potential to divert a flow’s path. 

In this video, Good e-Learning looks at the four most commonly used BPMN gateway symbols.

There are seven BPMN gateway types in total:

These gateways provide users with a clearer understanding of converging and diverging sequence flows. A BPMN practitioner will not need to apply a gateway unless a flow specifically needs to be controlled.

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