A flowchart is a type of diagram that represents a workflow, process or algorithm. They are often used in designing and document simple processes or diagrams. They provide a simpler alternative to BPMN 2.0, as flowchart shapes do not have as many notation rules and workflow semantics.

Flowchart Mapping

To switch the shapes and the stencil to flowchart:

1. In the Graph View of a process, click on the Map Options

2. In the General map options, under Shape Type, select Flowchart

3. The shapes and mapping stencil will be switched to Flowchart

Flowchart Shapes

All flowchart shapes are mapped to their respective BPMN 2.0 shapes. When the map display is switched to flowchart, all BPMN shapes will be converted to flowchart, and vice versa.

Shape BPMN Icon Flowchart Icon Description
Sub Process A Sub Process is a collection of activities that represent a business process
Shortcut A Shortcut is used to refer to a sub-process that is repeated in exactly the same way in another process. Shortcuts will be shown as regular sub processes in flowchart
Reference A Reference is used to refer to a sub-process that is repeated in another process that share similarities but share some differences. References may be edited like a regular sub process. References will be shown as regular sub processes in flowchart.
Task A Task is a single action that occurs in a business process
Gateway A Gateway is used to control the divergence and convergence of multiple sequence flows
Start Event A Start Event is the event that starts a business process
Intermediate Event An intermediate event that supports the progress of a business process
End Event An End Event is the event that ends a business process
Artifact Artifacts are data objects that represent data placed into the process, data resulting from the process, data that needs to be collected, or data that must be stored
Data Store A data store is a place where the process can read or write data

Note that some BPMN 2.0 elements will not be carried over to flowchart, such as:

  • Boundary Events
  • BPMN Properties on transitions, BPMN shapes

The mapping functionality is the same whether you are mapping in BPMN or Flowchart. See this section for more information on mapping.


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