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Understanding the Role and Importance of Gateways in BPMN 2.0

Business Process Analysis May 19, 2023

This paper investigates the role of gateways when modeling processes using BPMN 2.0 and why they are important.

In our last White Paper The Role of Events in Modeling Process Using BPMN 2, we showed why Events have been one of the distinctive features of BPMN since the beginning and providing a key point of difference between documenting business processes with BPMN over the more traditional approaches to process modeling or mapping.

However, one of the common points of confusion for people learning any version of BPMN is that of Gateways. This is because Gateways essentially look like the Decision Diamonds in traditional process mapping approaches used previously to document processes.

In this White Paper, we will discuss the importance and the role of Gateways in modeling your processes using BPMN 2.0 by explaining:

  • The role of Gateways in BPMN in terms of what they are, why we need them as well as what they are used for;
  • The different types of Gateways available in BPMN 2.0 and how they are commonly used; and
  • Some best practice recommendations in how to name and use Gateways in your business process modeling.

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