For about two weeks ago I went to a mini seminar at Grand Hotel in Oslo hosted by BizAgi. The main subject for this seminar was how to describe and create business processes in BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) using the BizAgi Process Modeler. This application is free and can be downloaded from BizAgi download page.
The seminar was interesting with a solid and professional presentation and demonstration of BizAgi, their software portfolio and how these can be used solving complex business processes. The BizAgi Process Modeler is easy to use with its intuitive user interface and it is a very good tool to use when you need to describe or create business processes.
One quite annoying thing with BizAgi Process Modeler is that it can be tricky to align all your boxes and arrows. My brain can not avoid focusing on this and I end up spending time “polishing” my diagrams. One alternative to BizAgi is MagicDraw that is a very powerful program for all kind of modelling.
BPMN training course at ErgoGroup
After the BizAgi mini seminar I got quite interested in this subject and attended a full day training course in BPMN held by ErgoGroup AS (my current employer) with instructors from EdiSys Consulting AS. The first part of the course was theoretical walking us through the most important elements in BPMN. The second part of this course was practical training were we created several business processes in BizAgi and discussed them in plenum.
These two sessions have opened my eyes to how BPMN can be used for documentation and also in work shops with customers to help define their needs and reveal weaknesses in their existing processes. In the near future I will also try to take this one step further and create business process diagrams (BPD) on a lower level so that we can use the diagrams to generate the processes into for example BPEL.