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Seven Process Modeling Guidelines (7PMG) J. Mendling a, H.A. Reijers b

Summary: Seven Process Modeling Guidelines (7PMG)
J. Mendling a, H.A. Reijers b
W.M.P. van der Aalst b
aHumboldt University, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany
bEindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven,
The Netherlands
Business process modeling is heavily applied in practice, but important quality issues
have not been addressed thoroughly by research. A notorious problem is the low
level of modeling competence that many casual modelers in process documentation
projects have. Existing approaches towards model quality might be of potential
benefit, but they suffer from at least one of the following problems. On the one hand,
frameworks like SEQUAL and the Guidelines of Modeling are either too abstract
to be applicable for novices and non-experts in practice. On the other hand, there
are collections of pragmatic hints that lack a sound research foundation. In this
paper, we analyze existing research on relationships between model structure on
the one hand and error probability and understanding on the other hand. As a
synthesis we propose a set of seven process modeling guidelines (7PMG). Each of
these guidelines builds on strong empirical insights, yet they are formulated to be
intuitive to practitioners. Furthermore, we analyze how the guidelines are prioritized


Source: Aalst, W.M.P.van der - Wiskunde en Informatica, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences