Understand naming conventions


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Apply naming conventions

Naming Conventions

All decisions in a decision diagram have to be named. There are three types of naming styles.

If the decision diagram is part of a business process, the process can best be highlighted by using the activity style for top level decisions. It is best to use the output style for all other decisions, but in some cases the question style is more intuitive that the output style.

Below are examples and descriptions of the three types of naming styles.

Naming Conventions

Activity StyleOutput StyleQuestion Style
  • Same label as the corresponding BPMN task
  • The decision has the same label like the output variable of the decision logic
  • The decision label equals the question
  • The act of decision making moves into the center
  • Often contains words like: applicability, eligibility, score or ranking as part of this labeling style
  • Often observed when turning complex/raw input data (such as customer base in this example) into something meaningful
  • Verb object style. Typical verbs are: check, determine, calculate, select and choose.
  • Note: questions are often very long and therefore lead to very long decision labels

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