BPMN Sketch Miner
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BPMN Sketch Miner

About the Book

Unlike most traditional visual model drawing tools, BPMN Sketch Miner allows you to concentrate on capturing the stories behind the process as they are expressed by participants. You focus on the content of the process model. BPMN Sketch Miner takes care of visually representing it so that you can immediately show the visual model to gather feedback. Once your BPMN sketch is validated you can export it in standard BPMN 2.0/XML and continue refining it using your favourite modeling tool.

This book will take you on a tour of the core Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and show you how it can be represented using simple text. After reading it you will learn how to auto-magically transform your written notes into visual process models and become an advanced user of BPMN Sketch Miner.

About the Author

Cesare Pautasso
Cesare Pautasso

Cesare Pautasso is full professor at the Software Institute at USI, Lugano, Switzerland. Previously he was a researcher at the IBM Zurich Research Lab. His research group focuses on the Architecture, design and engineering of next-generation Web information systems. He is the co-author of the book "SOA with REST" (2012), "Just Send an Email: Anti-Patterns for Email-Centric Organizations" (2015), the "BPMN Sketch Miner" (2019), "Software Architecture: visual lecture notes" (2020), "Business Process Modeling, Management and Mining: visual lecture notes" (2021), "Beautiful APIs" (2021), and "Beautiful API Evolution" (2021).

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Reader Testimonials

Jordi Cabot
Jordi Cabot

good looking

if you need a tool to quickly sketch some good-looking BPMN diagrams, BPMN Sketch Miner is the way to go.

Anonymous Reviewer
Anonymous Reviewer

Interesting and innovative

The BPMN Sketch Miner is an interesting and innovative approach to process modeling.

Another anonymous reviewer
Another anonymous reviewer


The idea to use process discovery techniques to aid manual process modeling is brilliant (i.e. to mix manual and automated modeling)

Anonymous reader
Anonymous reader

I liked the simplicity

Fantastic tool, having daily use of it.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Why use text to describe processes?
      • Advantages of text
      • Challenges of text
    • Basic BPMN Sketch Miner Syntax
  • Tasks
    • Task Sequences
    • Task Types
  • Pools and Swimlanes
    • Pool Task Annotation
    • Default Pool
  • Gateways
    • Exclusive Gateways
      • Loops
      • Branch Conditions
    • Parallel Gateways
      • Parallel Sequences
      • Parallel Gateways and Pools
    • Event Gateways
  • Events
    • Intermediate Events
    • Start and End Events
    • Timer
    • Error
    • Message
    • Signal
    • Escalation
    • Terminate
  • Message Flow
  • Data
    • Stateful data objects
    • Data storage
    • Data flow
      • Process Input and Output Flow
  • Fragments
    • Branching Fragments
    • Merging Fragments
    • Split and Merge Fragments
    • Loopback Fragments
    • Fragments and Parallel Gateways
    • Fragments and Link Events
  • Language Reference
    • BPMN Sketch Miner Syntax Rules
    • BPMN Element Mapping
    • Text Annotations
    • Comments
    • BPMN 2.0 Support
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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