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New Post 2/27/2008 3:56 AM
User is offline Shree
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Re: 500 sub-processes 
I agree with you criag but conditions require this. There are 17 departments and all have their processes and sub processes.  Figure which I wrote is the combined for both processes and sub processes. When we worked for workflow we found that there should be more then one workflow. And now we have 3 workflows which are:
  • Urban Planning to Construction
  • Purchase Request to Payment to Vendor
  • Employee Life Cycle
You are correct when you said it had a lot of brainstorming, but this is the only way which we found suitable.
Basically ours is a construction company, and if you have any suggestion/observation for improvement, please give. It’s always welcome.
New Post 2/27/2008 8:42 PM
User is offline Chris Adams
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Re: 500 sub-processes 
Modified By Chris Adams  on 3/3/2008 5:57:14 PM)

In my opinion, one of the most concise and easy to understand ways of documenting what individual processes should exist is by creating a Use Case Diagram.  First, consider that you can usually use a process flow or a use case interchangeably to model a process.  Both have the ability to show user/system interaction and have splits and joins in the process.  Use Cases do this by using Alternative Flows.  Use Cases are a bit more limited if you have many actors involved, but this is sometimes good as is focuses the "view" of your modeled process to an actor and system, and then treats all other workers and systems and secondary actors (without giving details of how they provide the necessary information or input to the use case).

Since both Process Flows and Use Cases can be used to represent you processes, a Use Case Diagram gives you a clean, high-level, graphical view of the processes that bring value to the user.  It also displays how some use cases (or processes) can include or extend others.

Hope this helps!

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New Post 2/29/2008 4:44 AM
User is offline Pat
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Re: 500 sub-processes 

I want to thank everyone for their help.  Some really good points were made and I was able to create a diagram that displayed the different starting points. I'm sure it will be modified but at least it got things started.

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