Supporting flexible workflow processes with a progression model
Users require flexibility when interacting with information systems to contend with changing business processes and to support diverse workflow. Model-based user interface design can accommodate flexible business processes by integrating workflow modelling with other modelling approaches. We present a workflow model, the progression model, to help in developing systems that support flexible business processes. The progression model tracks a user’s interaction with an application as a set of data elements we refer to as a workflow transaction. The steps a user takes to create a workflow transaction and the state of the workflow transaction at each step is made explicit. By making the workflow status and workflow transaction state explicit, the user can change the order of the steps in a process, manage multiple workflow transactions, keep track of data as it is accumulated, and so on. The intent is to provide the user with a mechanism to deal with partial information, interrupted and concurrent workflow transaction entry, and the processing of multiple workflow transactions. This thesis describes the progression model, an XML-compliant notation to specify the progression model, and a prototype system.
Process Model, Information System, Model-based User Interface Design, Use Case, Task Model, Workflow Model, Software Engineering, User Interface Description Language, Interactive System, Data Model, Workflow, XML, Business Process
Master of Science (M.Sc.)