Keeping consistency when naming activities

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Purpose

An activity or task should be named after the process step which has to be executed. To keep your process landscape clear and easily comprehensible, all the activities within a process should be labeled consistently.

Description

In Process Manager, activities can be named by double-clicking on them. The best choice of labeling style depends on your organization’s set of modeling conventions. It is recommended to name activities within a diagram as concisely as possible.

Some possible labeling styles include:

  • The ‘activity description’ or descriptive style. Here, the activity name is a simple full sentence (i.e., ‘Authorizer checks (the) document’).
  • The ‘verb object’ or imperative style. Here, task labels contain a verb followed by an object (‘Create process documentation report’).
  • The ‘action-noun’ or objective style, where the activity is transformed into a compound noun or noun phrase, e.g. ‘Authorization of product release’.
  • The ‘conjunction style’, where two activities are combined into one task. This option can be applied with either of the previously mentioned labeling styles. In our example (‘Create process documentation report and print it three times’) we are using a full sentence style. Also note that this style can lead to very long labels, which you may want to avoid in the interest of conciseness and clarity.

Of course, you can also choose to freely name the elements in your processes and create your own labeling style. This may be feasible for small organizations but is not recommended. Regardless of your choice, always ensure label styles are used consistently.

To name an activity in Signavio Process Manager, double-click it and enter a label.