Making Sense of Declarative Process Models: Common Strategies and Typical Pitfalls

Cornelia Haisjackl, Stefan Zugal, Pnina Soffer, Irit Hadar, Manfred Reichert, Jakob Pinggera, Barbara Weber

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Abstract

Declarative approaches to process modeling are regarded as well suited for highly volatile environments as they provide a high degree of flexibility. However, problems in understanding and maintaining declarative business process models impede often their usage. In particular, how declarative models are understood has not been investigated yet. This paper takes a first step toward addressing this question and reports on an exploratory study investigating how analysts make sense of declarative process models. We have handed out real-world declarative process models to subjects and asked them to describe the illustrated process. Our qualitative analysis shows that subjects tried to describe the processes in a sequential way although the models represent circumstantial information, namely, conditions that produce an outcome, rather than a sequence of activities. Finally, we observed difficulties with single building blocks and combinations of relations between activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Number of pages16
Volume147
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date2013
Pages2-17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 17 Jun 201318 Jun 2013

Conference

Conference25th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering
Country/TerritorySpain
CityValencia
Period17/06/201318/06/2013
SeriesLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN1865-1348

Keywords

  • Declarative Process Models
  • Empirical Research
  • Understandability

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