Process Schema

Main Use

What the TimelinePI Process Schema does:

The Process Schema editor gives users the capability to visually map the most common path of their business processes, while also displaying all of the ad-hoc process flows. Users can let the tool take what it believes to be the most important milestones through statistical analysis, or choose their own and a process schema to visualize their entire business process. If the user lets the tool choose the important milestones, TimelinePI uses advanced statistical analysis to specifically choosewhich steps are most reliably and commonly occurring at the same place in the process.

As processes age users can quickly identify process instances that are delayed and taking longer than others. Users can quickly discover areas where bottlenecks are present and drill in to specific process instances to investigate root cause.


To get started a user selects “Initialize New Schema”.

Then Select Milestones. Users can select default milestones(allow the tool to choose what it finds to be the most important schema from the data), select their own or do both.

After clicking Generate Default Schema, users are presented with the Schema like the one shown below in the example.
The interface is completely adjustable and events can be moved around to form a completely customized schema. After saving the schema, the tool can act as a monitoring platform.
Users can find where locations are likely to occur and display the percentage of likelihood on the transition line by selecting an event under the “location of” tab on the right side of the schema editor.


Process Schema can also be visualized in the Path Analysis module to compare schemas side-by-side while also allowing users to compare on time and cost.

Example Video Demonstration


See the below Process Schema as generated from the TimelinePI City Services Project.

This is showing that most common schema based on the milestones of that particular process. It shows exactly what number of cases follow which paths and where time is being spent by the thickness of the bars; mousing over reveals statistics about the process flow. With this analysis tool users begin to understand how the process is most commonly being executed. The TimelinePI tool is able to identify where processes must often flow and identify spots where an event is likely to occur by displaying the percentage of likelihood along the schema.