Unlocking Deadlocks: Navigating Complex BPMN Workflows

Dive deep into the world of BPMN as we explore the intricacies of deadlock scenarios in medium-complexity workflows


9/25/20231 min read

In the world of BPMN, one of the main logical reflections you need to consider is Deadlock, especially if you're building workflows with medium complexity.

Deadlock is like designing a maze where a pathway leads to a dead end. It seems fine on the surface, but it's a route that will never be taken due to certain logical constraints. Similarly, in programming, like writing a segment of code that, due to a logical hiccup, never gets executed.

This can be both frustrating and costly, as resources might be wasted on processes that never see completion.

🤔 So, how can we capture these deadlocks?

1. Outcome Consideration: Begin by setting all the end events your process is supposed to handle. Then, challenge your BPMN model one by one.

2. Token Simulation: This is an extension found in many BPMN tools, allowing you to visualize a simulation of your process execution. You can try it.

If you're a developer, you can use Token Simulation extension, it's an open-source library.