Improving the process of process modelling by the use of domain process patterns

A. Koschmider, H.A. Reijers

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The use of business process models has become prevalent in a wide area of enterprise applications. But while their popularity is expanding, concerns are growing with respect to their proper creation and maintenance. An obvious way to boost the efficiency of creating high-quality business process models would be to reuse relevant parts of existing models. At this point, however, limited support exists to guide process modellers towards the usage of appropriate model content. In this paper, a set of content-oriented patterns is presented, which is extracted from a large set of process models from the order management and manufacturing production domains. The patterns are derived using a newly proposed set of algorithms, which are being discussed in this paper. The authors demonstrate how such Domain Process Patterns, in combination with information on their historic usage, can support process modellers in generating new models. To support the wider dissemination and development of Domain Process Patterns within and beyond the studied domains, an accompanying website has been set up. Keywords: guidance; patterns; process design; process model reuse; process modelling support
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-57
Number of pages29
JournalEnterprise Information Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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