Shapes and connectors
When you work with the flow diagram, you first select flow shapes, and then connect the shapes by dragging connectors. Every shape represents an action or a set of closely related actions in a process, such as an assignment that a user completes at run time, or an automation that an application performs. Connectors show the direction in which a case moves forward and define the order of actions in a process. You can label shapes and connectors for more straightforward communication of events in a case.
Compared to Case Designer, the flow diagram offers additional shapes and configurations. For example, you can create a subprocess that gathers related tasks, and then you can reuse the subprocess in different processes. As a result, you create granular and efficient software. For example, in a hiring application, you can create a subprocess for preparing an offer, and then reuse the subprocess in other processes that users use to review candidates for different positions in a company. You can also use a decision point that determines the path of the process based on the decision result. For example, in a recruitment process, the decision point determines actions that occur after accepting or rejecting a candidate. For more information about shapes, see Flow shapes.
- Creating a stand-alone process
Create a stand-alone process to support or supplement the steps in a case life cycle. By creating a process outside the context of a case life cycle, you can reuse the process in other case types.
- Changing the path of a process
You can change the path of a process, or flow, to support out-of-sequence events. By adding different structures to your flow, such as loops and branches, you can improve the flexibility of the cases that you create.
A subprocess, also called a subflow, is a flow that is called by another flow. You can create a subprocess by adding a step to a process in the life cycle of a case or by adding specific shapes to a flow diagram. Subprocesses modularize the events in the life cycle of a case.