BPMN Diagramming Basics Course Available

A new series of training videos have been posted on Office.com to introduce Visio users to Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN).  The videos are packaged as a course named BPMN Diagramming Basics.


The course provides both an introduction to the BPMN notation and a tutorial on creating BPMN diagrams with Visio 2010 Premium.  Along the way you can see some of the other new features of Visio 2010 including Swimlanes, AutoConnect, Subprocesses, and Diagram Validation.  The complete course takes less than 30 minutes to view.

Please remember that the BPMN, Subprocess, and Diagram Validation features are part of the Premium Edition of Visio 2010.

Be sure to let us know what you think!

Comments (6)

  1. Jon says:

    Why doesn't Visio have a style system for individual shapes? E.g. a way of saying setting multiple properties (fill, border & shadow) in a way that is consistent with the theme.

    When I align a shape on the grid, then zoom in, why is it no longer aligned to the grid?

    I don't understand how you can have diagramming software that has been in development for almost 20 years, and yet have such obvious feature omissions and bugs.

  2. Zak says:


    Visio 2010 has rich UI and if you want to color activities inside visio diagram you can do it, means you do not need to write any style sheet type of thing for all activities or shapes. And I just design my diagram for business processes representation.



  3. Jenny Templeton says:

    Excellent ideos, simple and very self explanatory.  Would use them for teaching BPMN.  

  4. Kaushal Kishor says:

    How to create the BPMN models from visio standard 2010 in .bpmn extension rather than .vsd extension.

  5. John Caruana says:

    Simple and easy but I would NOT use these.  

    Biggest reason: The internal Vision template is to the 1.1 spec not 2.0.  Will they update it?  No clue.


    Everyone has their own interpretation of how they want to implement BPMN.  I prefer a single method and style, particularly Bruce Silver's. Takes all the guesswork out of BPMN and standardizes my efforts within my company.

    These vids do not adhere to a single style.  Example:  The main pool should be named for the process being modeled and not "the company".  There are others…especially arbitrary colors.

    While a nice attempt, the 1.1/2.0 problem is a dealbreaker for me on recommending these.


  6. Cristiane says:

    I need to know how to create a pool in vision premium?

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