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Business Process Management by Martyn A. Ould

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HOW A PROCESS ‘ENDS’

A process ends when there are no role instances with something to do … assuming of course that they cannot be revived into activity by an external event that they are waiting on.

Table Later, next to the water cooler
Tutor: I hope you can see now why a RAD is not a flowchart.
Pupil: Well, a flowchart — and, I guess, all the variations on the theme that I—ve seen being used — represents a simple, single, sequential flow of activity, a single thread with no possibility of multiple concurrent activity. A swim-lane diagram typically does no more than show the single thread trundling between roles. Even if we allow a thread to divide we aren—t getting the true concurrency that happens in the world.
Tutor: Exactly. It is ...

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