An Event is an occurence that triggers a business process.  It is categorised by the stage of the occurence (start, intermediate, end) and by the event type (basic, message, timer, rule, exception, cancellation, compensation, link, multiple, or termination).

The table below shows the notation used in BPMN to categorise the stage and type.

The table above was created in MS Visio, using a stencil I created containing the notation above – this makes it easier to draft models in Visio.  The original notation I used in my stencil were sourced from some good guys at bpmresearch and I refined them a little for my own purpose. In the spirit of open source (!) I also provide my stencil here for BPMN Event, (simply save the zip file to your desktop, unzip the file and copy the BPMN Event.vss file to your My Shapes folder – then, open MS Visio and go to File > Shapes > Open stencil… Select BPMN Event.vss and open it. Voila!)

Originally published: Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 20:40 in Industrialism, Modeling

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