Workflow Patterns


There's no need to re-invent the wheel. Although your work processes will certainly have some unique aspects, it's likely that your workflows will align with some kind of pattern. In their book, Workflow Patterns, the authors identify many patterns that can help you create the workflow you need. Over the next few blog posts, I will share one of these patterns with you. This month we will look at a resource pattern called capability-based distribution. In this pattern, tasks are distributed to assignees based upon their skills or authorizations. For example, although John may be able to approve purchases under $100, Mary has to approve any purchases $100 and above. The workflow would route the task to either John or Mary depending on the amount.

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