5 Steps to Draw Flowchart with BPMN

A flowchart is popular in visualizing step-by-step solution or workflow. A little drawback though - no common agreement on shape representation. This is where Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) can fill, with a worldwide standard of graphical notation easy for anyone to read. Even more, it helps depict work responsibility.

  1. Step 1 - Draw the organization

    An Organization can be represented by a Pool. If you are designing an internal process, you just need one Pool. You may define your company or department as a Pool.

  2. Step 2 - Draw the participants

    A Participant can be represented by a Lane. A lane can represent a role or a position. Do not put a person (e.g. John) in an Lane. You can specify who to play the role when you start your workflow.

  3. Step 3 - Draw the start event

    Add a start event to the lane that will trigger the workflow.

  4. Step 4 - Draw the workflow

    Click on the Resource Catalog icon on top of the Start event icon. Drag the Resource Catalog icon to a desired spot. Release the mouse to activate the Resource Catalog. Select Task icon, enter task's name (in "verb + noun" form e.g."Process Order"). Repeat to create tasks for all participants.

  5. Step 5 - Generate flow chart as process specification

    Produce professional process specification with just a few mouse clicks, using Doc. Composer.