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Is it possible to create a Role in a BPMN model?

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by Philippe Mathevon in ARIS Cloud Support posted on 2017-02-28

My goal is to populate a RACI for business processes that are documented in a BPMN 2.0 model. Is this possible?

Thank you

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M. Zschuckelt posted on 2017-03-02

Hello Philippe,

from a BPMN perspective: It is out of scope of BPMN 2.0 notation. See chapter 7.2 of the BPMN spec. So anything leading to your goal is an extension to standard BPMN 2.0.

ARIS offers 3 options to achieve this:

1. Use model type "Enterprise BPMN". Here you can use role objects as Lanes. Any task/sub-process placed in the Lane gets an "R" type relationship (actually it's "is carried out by") to the role represented by the Lane.

2. Assign a function allocation diagram to each task/sub-process and model the RACI relationships to the respective role objects there.

3. Create a Matrix model (I think it's only available in the Java clients), put all the tasks from your BPMN process on one axis and the roles involved on the other. Then you have to define, which connection types you want to express in the matrix. You can define a shortcut letter for each connection type (e. g. R, A, C, I) and create the connections by simply typing those letters in the appropriate matrix cells. You can also type multiple letters in the same matrix cell.

Since you want a complete RACI view, I would go for option 2 or 3.

Fourth (and recommended) option: Use EPC modelling for your business processes. There you get modelling of roles in processes and a lot more you need from a business perspective out of the box, included in the notation. Go for BPMN in solution design.

Regards, M. Zschuckelt