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Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN 2.0) is the new de facto standard for modeling processes. It can be used when you need to document your processes as a part of the project or when you need to automate them, so learning it will help your career.
Maybe you've already
spent some time trying to learn BPMN from the specification and from the
internet but still do not feel confident
about this notation? I often see that even
people with years of modeling experience really struggle when it comes to BPMN
Or are you mapping the workflow processes with flowcharts, but don't feel your process maps really improve the communication? BPMN can help here if used properly!
You will learn from this course what are the most useful elements of BPMN and how to create easy to understand and maintain process diagrams.
The course consists of several sections with video lectures, quizzes and real life mini-projects that will help you start using BPMN in no time.
I know that at first BPMN can be confusing and you may have some questions after you start using it in practice. The course is constantly updated with new content on a basis of your feedback and I will answer all your questions regarding the best ways to use BPMN.
Wondering if this course is for you? Take a look at the reviews from my students:
"Excellent course, pitched at an extremely useful level. This explains the parts of BPMN that are most useful, without diving into unnecessary complexity. It has a great mixture of videos, "take-away" summaries, and exercises. Highly recommended!"
"Efficient and effective BPM overview of the essential items you need to understand and master when using such notation. I used it as a refresher as I need to work with people using BPMN on a new project."
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|Section 1: 1 - BPMN Overview|
After watching this video you will know why is BPMN relevant for Business Analysts.
In this lecture you will discover the basic elements of BPMN: Start and End Events, Tasks and Sub-Processes as well as Sequence Flows.
[Key takeaways] BPMN Basics
[Project] BPMN Basics
|Quiz 1||3 questions|
Basic elements of BPMN
|Section 2: 2 - Gateways and branching in BPMN|
After watching this video lecture you will be able to properly model decisions in your processes using Exclusive Gateway (XOR).
This video introduces additional types of BPMN Gateways: Parallel (AND) and Inclusive (OR), which allow you to document more sophisticated process flows.
[Key takeaways] GatewaysPreview
|Section 3: 3 - Object types in BPMN|
BPMN offers you various types of objects. After watching this video you will know the ones, which are easy to remember and explain to others and at the same time make your diagrams much easier to read.
We will cover Message, Timer and Conditional Start Events, Manual, User and Service Tasks as well as Call-Activities.
[Key takeaways] Object types
[Project] Object types
|Section 4: 4 - Participants and collaboration|
This lecture shows you how to model process participants and responsibilities using BPMN Pools and Lanes. You will also learn how to document the collaboration between the participants using Pools, Black-box Pools and Message Flows.
[Key takeaways] Participants and collaboration
Participants and collaboration
|Section 5: 5 - Data modeling in BPMN|
Almost every model created by BA must show how do the documents/data flow through the process and where are IT systems used. After watching this video you will learn how Data Objects, Data Stores and Data Associations should be used.
[Key takeaways] Data modeling
|Section 6: 6 - Adding more information to your BPMN diagrams|
Sometimes you need to add more information to your diagram. This lecture shows you how to use the Text Annotations (with Associations) and Groups for this purpose.
[Key takeaways] Artifacts
|Section 7: Wrap up and Bonus content|
BONUS content - Task types
BPMN 2.0 Poster showing you all the object types
BONUS content - how to create BPMN diagram step by step
BONUS content - case study
BONUS content - case study (text)
BONUS content - case study (example solution)
This lecture shows you what are the intermediate events and how to use them inside the process flow.
BONUS content - case study 2 (text)
BONUS content - all about BPMN events (PDF guide)
Zbigniew has over 10 years of experience with process modeling as BPM Consultant. He has trained hundreds of students business process management and the usage of Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN).
Zbigniew is an active member of the BPMN Model Interchange Working Group - a joint effort of vendors interested in BPMN model interchange between various tools. He co-authored the article "Making BPMN a true lingua franca" published by BPTrends.
He received the Object Management Group (body governing the BPMN standard) certificate OMG Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB) and is one of the authors of the new version of the OCEB Exam updated for the latest version of BPMN standard.
Since 2015 he is also member of the OMG Task Forces for the complementing standards: BPMN, DMN, and CMMN.