Defining existing case models or creating new Case Management diagrams is easy using Enterprise Architect's built-in support for the Case Management Model and Notation features. These include a CMMN diagram with an accompanying toolbox that contains all the elements and connectors needed to create robust and expressive models. These indeterminate models can be connected to other determinate processes described in Business Process Model and Notation and more broadly to a range of other business, technology and engineering models. Having all these disparate but interlocking models in a single tool provides countless advantages and results in profound productivity gains. Workers from all disciplines, including Case Management, can seamlessly communicate and collaborate resulting in well specified and designed systems.
In this topic you will learn how to work with the CMMN facilities in Enterprise Architect including the following sub topics.
Selecting the Perspective
Enterprise Architect partitions the tools extensive features into perspectives this ensures that you can focus on a specific task and work with the tools you need without the distraction of other features. To work with the Case Management Model and Notation features you first need to select the following perspective:
Analysis > CMMN
Setting the perspective ensures that the Case Management Model and Notation diagrams and their tool boxes and other features of the perspective will be available by default.
An example diagram provides a visual introduction to the topic and allows you to see some of the important elements and connectors that are created in specifying or describing the way a case is defined including: a Case Management Plan and Case File Items, Stages, Milestones, Fixed and Discretionary tasks.
This topic introduces you to the main concepts of the language including its structure, architecture and the elements and connectors that are used to create Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN) models.
Modeling with CMMN
This topic introduces the Case Management Model and Notation profile which covers the diagrams, toolboxes and elements that you will work with including Case Plans, File Items and a range of Tasks such as Human, Case and Process tasks. You are able to select the CMMN perspective from the Analysis group which will set the tool up for modeling the Case Management such as are prevalent in the Legal, Medical, Financial, Rescue and other disciplines.
CMMN and BPMN
In this topic the Case Management Model and Notation with its ad-hoc activities and non-sequential tasks is compared and contrasted with the Business Procee Model and Notation which is the defacto language for modeling sequential, predictable and repeatable processes.
This section provides useful links to other topics and resources that you might find useful when working with the Case Management Model and Notation tool features.