Practical process anti-pattern: NAP

No Aggregated Participant (NAP)

It was noticed that the use of swimlines forces to put too much details in the diagram thus making it not easy to understand. With swimlines there is no place for a group of "tiny" activities which are carried out by several participants (each of them already has her/her own swimline), or "aggregated participant".

Without swimlines the use of  "aggregated participant" may simplify complex diagrams.

This simplified diagram is very close the pattern IPS (Initial Process Skeleton, see my book www.samarin.biz/book) and the "Approve proposal" activity is similar to the pattern DAM (Delegation Authority Matrix - see http://improving-bpm-systems.blogspot.com/2012/07/practical-process-pattern-dam.html).

Actually, we follow the pattern DIP (Decompose In Patterns - see http://improving-bpm-systems.blogspot.com/2011/06/practical-process-patterns-dip.html ).


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