Business Process Diagram Example: Pools and Swimlanes


Businesses are often divided logically into functional departments (eg. accounting, marketing, sales, warehouse etc). Swimlanes show each of these departments relevant to a process. Using swimlanes it can be seen when a process is crossing from the responsibility of one department to another. If two or more organisations are involved in a transaction (and typically for our purposes two are) then each organisation ay have its own internal swimlanes (i.e departments).

Draw your BPMN diagram by using this one as a starting point. Simply Click Use this Template to edit, or click Create Blank to draw from scratch.

What is Business Process Diagram?

Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) (also called business process diagram, or BPD in short) is a visual modeling language for representing business process model graphically. BPMN maintained by the Object Management Group is a widely accepted standard of business process modeling. It is used by both technical and business users. BPMN is also a technical standard that provides a mapping between the graphics of the notation to the underlying constructs of execution languages. BPMN is designed to be readily understandable by all business stakeholders. These include the business analysts who create and refine the processes, the technical developers responsible for implementing them, and the business managers who monitor and manage them.

How to Draw BPD?

  1. Determine the main components of the process.
  2. Order the activities
  3. Choose the correct symbols for each activity
  4. Make the connection between the activities
  5. Indicate the beginning and end of the process
  6. Review your business process diagram

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