BPMN and CMMN in Practice (Workshop)

BPMN and CMMN in Practice (Workshop)

Practical game-based workshop about setting up a BPM framework, and making good and correct use of BPMN and CMMN (in English)

28 January 2016 (14-21h)
Location: Golden Tulip Brussels Airport (Diegem)
Presented in English by Christian Gijsels
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What do you learn during this workshop ?

  Get a good knowledge of the BPMN syntax

Register for this practical workshop AND the seminar about the syntax en positioning of BPMN (with 10% discount !)

Following this workshop, you will:

  • Know better what is involved in process modelling in BPMN/CMMN
  • Have a better insight in the syntax and usage of the BPMN/CMMN notation
  • Know how to put BPMN/CMMN into practice
  • Feel which BPMN Set you should use in your organisation
  • Set up a model with reusable Actors and DataObjects, allowing (dependent on the tool) an automatic impact analysis when these Actors or DataObjects change
  • Build a model that is ready for KPI's and/of simulation (CMMI level 4 - Quantitatively Managed)

During this workshop, we use one or multiple cases as a fil rouge throughout the workshop. All symbols of BPMN 2.x will be used during this BPMN workshop.

This workshop is highly practical and enforces the BPMN theory through group exercises. Although a tool and laptop is not required, you can bring your laptop with the modelling tools that you use. If you would like to start with a modelling tool, we can recommend one of these free modelling tools, which you can download here:

The participants get better insight in the power of BPMN tools by using a BPMN tool, or by watching other groups use it. This also allows us to compare different BPMN tools, extend previous models, do an impact analysis, show reuse, etc.

Why do we organize this workshop ?

This workshop is a practical follow-up to the "BPMN 2.0 Syntax and Positioning" seminar, and is mainly aimed at those who followed that I.T. Works seminar. But also people with some knowledge of BPMN through selfstudy or project work, can follow this course and turn their BPMN knowledge into practice.

In this workshop, we will focus on how to set up a BPM framework (preceding the modelling itself) and how to model efficient, usable and reusable BPMN diagrams using the correct syntax and the best practices in BPMN. Also, the correct use of Actors and DataObjects will be emphasized.

Your lecturer and workshop moderator is Christian Gijsels, who has in-depth experience in setting up BPM frameworks, and is actively involved in many BPMN projects, so that you receive very practical and valuable information.

Who should attend this workshop ?

This workshop is aimed at everyone who wants to use BPMN correctly and efficiently:

  • Process and business modelers / analysts in BPM project groups
  • Enterprise architects
  • Business & system analysts
  • Business Process owners

 Full Programme

13.30h - 14.00h
Registration, coffee/tea and croissants
14.00h - 15.50h
Setting up a BPM Framework: Practical Tips and Exercises
  • Defining a styleguide
    • Defining the BPMN syntax
    • Defining the BPMN SET / predefined SETS BPMN 2.1
    • Defining the modelling style
  • Defining the lexicon
  • Exercises on defining levels
    • Level 1: Primary processes
    • Level 2: Domain processes
    • Level 3: Cluster processes
    • Level 4: Extended processes
  • Exercises on defining actors
    • Using the RASCI method
    • Making an actor map of your organisational structure
      • Human actors
      • Physical actors
  • Setting up a Process Office
    • Defining the process owners
    • Defining the process organisation
    • Setting up the Capability Maturity Model
15.50h - 16.10h
Coffee/Tea and Refreshments
  Get a thorough understanding of the BPMN syntax

Register for both this workshop AND the seminar about the syntax and positioning of BPMN (with 10% discount !)

16.10h - 17.50h
Exercises on the BPMN 1.x syntax
  • Exercises on defining the 3 levels of modelling
  • Exercises on modelling organisations
    • Organisations at multiple locations
    • Processes between multiple organisations
  • Exercises on modelling Service Level Agreements (SLA) between organisations
    • Organisations at multiple locations
  • Exercises on data modelling
    • Data Objecten
  • Exercises on event modelling
    • Start events
    • Intermediate events
    • End events
17.50h - 19.00h
19.00h - 19.45h
Exercises on the BPMN 2.x and CMMN syntax
  • Exercises on business rules modelling
    • Using DMN (Decision Model Notation)
    • Using Rules Engines
  • Exercises on data definition
    • Data Stores
  • Exercises on events modelling
    • Non-interrupting events
  • Exercises on modelling diagrams
    • Process diagrams
    • Conversation diagrams
    • Collaboration diagrams
    • Choreography diagrams
19.45h - 20.00h
Coffee/Tea and Refreshments
20.00h - 20.45h
Exercises on BPMN tools
  • Process Improvement
    • How to optimise processes through Business Process Improvement (BPI) and Reengineering (BPR)
  • Process documentation
    • Generating documents for:
      • Word / PDF / Powerpoint
      • HTML / Intranet
      • Wiki
20.45h - 21.00h
Questions & Answers, Discussion
End of this Workshop


The Business Analysts, Cronos NV

Christian Gijsels (47 years) is currently working with Cronos Holding, where he is responsible for the Consulting Practice The Business Analysts, a group of 55 Strategy, Business and Functional analysts, and project managers. Before this, Christian was e-Business Manager at KPMG. Christian Gijsels is a member of BPM Institute and is actively in touch with Bruce Silver, the founder of BPMN.

Christian Gijsels was one of the founders of Evisor (later on sold to PwC) and was responsible there for Consulting. Before and after the integration of Cimad Consulting and IBM Professional Services, he was a Practice Leader of the Network Consulting and Security Group.

Christian finished his Master in Computer Technology at the LUC, and holds many certifications, e.g. Certified Advanced Consulting Skills (KPMG Verona), Certified PDN (Consulting Problem Solving), Certified Teacher at IBM Belgium, and Internal Auditor Quality System ISO 9001:2000 (SGS Belgium), Certified Scrum Master/CSM at Scrum Alliance, Certified BPMN at BPMInstitute.org New York (Bruce Silver), and KMO Challenge at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

You can find more about Christian at LinkedIn and follow his tweets at Twitter.

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