Challenges in refactoring processes to include decision modelling

Faruk Hasić, L. Devadder, M. Dochez, J. Hanot, J. De Smedt, Jan Vanthienen

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Until lately decisions were regularly modelled as a part of the process model, negatively affecting the maintainability, comprehensibility and flexibility of processes as well as decisions. The recent establishment of the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard provides an opportunity for shifting in favour of a separation of concerns between the decision and process model. However, this challenge of separation of concerns and subsequently consistent integration has received limited attention. This work discusses difficulties and challenges in separating the concerns and then integrating the two models. The most challenging scenario is when integrating decision models which entail the process holistically, rather than merely focusing the decisions on local decision points. In this work, we shed a light on the importance of the separation of concerns and identify inconsistencies that might arise when separating and integrating processes and decisions. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Workshops
Subtitle of host publicationBPM 2017 International Workshops, Barcelona, Spain, September 10-11, 2017, Revised Papers
EditorsErnest Teniente, Matthias Weidlich
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-74030-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-74029-4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


  • BPMN
  • decision modelling
  • DMN
  • integrated modelling
  • process modelling
  • separation of concerns


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