Hello Community,

I make a swimlane diagram with aris and want to assign an activity to different lanes in the same row. what is the standart way for this?

My solution is that i copy+paste the activity in the target lanes, but then i have so many edges from the previous process step and also it looks like every lane is doing the activity on his own...

Does anyone a better solution?


by Roland Woldt
Posted on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 14:35

Unfortunately there is no other way to do this and this is the *beauty* of swimlanes (not only in BPMN, but in general and also in other model types, e.g. EPC row display). 

BTW - in general there might be difference which is shown in the multiple swimlanes: typically one role (=lane) is responsible to do the actual work, and the second role contributes to the completion. 

by Kaushik Mishra
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 08:37

Hi All,

I have a similar situation where I have to map an activity to two seperate lanes, as the both lanes are seperate entities and work done is although similar.

I have mapped the same activity in the two seperate lanes, and numbered one activity as a dummy activity to the other.





by M. Zschuckelt
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 09:57

Hello Mr. Mishra,

I dare say you should reconsider, if you are looking at one activity, while you have two different roles performing. Also you say, work done is "similar", but apparently it's not the "same". And even if it's something like "1st line Approval" and "2nd line Approval", which you might deem similar, if it's important to your process to have both performing, it's definitely two activities. And if there is a choice (XOR) who performs, it's also two activities. Try thinking about the difference in those activities when one or the other role performs and name them appropriately.

M. Zschuckelt

by Kaushik Mishra
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:31

Hi M. Zschuckelt,

Thanks for the suggestion, and I intend to do quite the same by putting both the activities in seperate lanes. As far as your suggestion for naming it differently, I do agree and have seperated both by numbering and not by Name.

So Activity in Lane 1 == 1.2 ABCD

      Activity in Lane 2 == 1.2.1 ABCD

I hope this is correct representation, as activity names provided by customer is same for both activities although they have mentioned work performed on the activity are by two seperate entities.






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