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Responsilbility or tasks

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by Torsten Isermann in ARIS Express posted on 2017-03-08


i just downloaded and tested ARIS Express. Currently I am searching a way to define responsibilities for tasks in a BPMN diagram. Maybe I am blind but I can´t find it. I am not new to BPMN and have a good experince in AENEIS and ADONIS. Both offer an attribute to set responsibilities, but where / how can I do it in ARIS?

Thanx a lot


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Frank Weyand posted on 2017-03-09


uh... I think this attribute does not make sense, at least I do not have any clue what that should be used for.

In BPMN, you use lanes and pools for this. An activity (which is a function, actually) is placed in the pool/lane, which implicitly describes that this organizational unit is repsonsible for that.

In the new versions of the ARIS Business Architect/Designer, we offer an extenced BPMN-methodology: the eBPMN, that allowes more specific kind of lanes.



Torsten Isermann posted on 2017-03-09

OK, thanks for your answer. In fact using lanes as indicator for organizational units is fine, but in real life a bit vague. I need to define responsibilities at least on role level.

Carsten Pitz posted on 2017-03-09

Hi Torsten,

the BPMN is intended to specify processes. To define responsibilities on role level notations like Archimate (which is also supported by ARIS 9.x) are better suited.

Best regards,


M. Zschuckelt posted on 2017-03-09

Hi Torsten,

if you read the spec of BPMN, chapter 7.2 you will discover that modelling of responsibilities is explicitly out of scope of BPMN notation. That is why the tools you have experience with so far, help themselves with such an attribute. It is not even part of the specification to use lanes for roles. If you do so, it is a convention you choose to follow.

Since ARIS (full version) is a modelling tool, aimed at integrating many different viewpoints (among them role models, org. charts), it does not offer a role attribute out-of-the-box. Rather you would create relationships between role objects and the tasks in models other than BPMN notation. (Nevertheless if you really wanted to, you could define such an attribute.) As Frank pointed out, there is even the possibility to represent role objects as Lanes in extended BPMN models, because many people want to follow such a convention. However, that is an extension to BPMN just as the attributes you asked for.

Role objects in contrast to role attributes give you the opportunity to assemble all information regarding a role at a central location - not just its name, which you are prone to spell several different ways although you mean the same, when you write it to an attribute of x tasks.

Best regards, M. Zschuckelt