Process Schema

Main Use

What the TimelinePI Process Schema does:

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

As processes age you can quickly identify process instances that are delayed and taking longer than others. As an instance ages the coloring changes from green, to yellow, orange, and then red. The thickness of the transition lines can represent either the number of timelines that possess that transition, or the time length of that specific transition. You can quickly discover areas where bottlenecks are present and drill in to specific process instances to investigate root cause.

Overview

To get started you should select “Initialize New Schema”.

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

After clicking Generate Default Schema, you 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.

You 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 you to compare on time and cost.

Example Video Demonstration

Example

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 you can 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.