Usage of only one Start Event in a subprocess

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Purpose

This rule guarantees that a subprocess stays clear and comprehensive.A subprocess should have exactly one Start Event. If a subprocess has more than one Start Event, the trigger might become unclear.

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Description

The clear definition of one Start Event is important because it is defined as the subprocess’ trigger. When using multiple start events, it may not be clear when a process is to begin. There should only be one Start Event in a BPMN subprocess. If this rule is broken, make sure all event types are used correctly in the diagram.