A process path is a specific sequence of events and activities within a process. For example, a process can have several paths that change the process cycle due to decisions and parallelism. If the decision from which the path starts is linked to certain conditions, the outbound paths can have different path probabilities. Each path forms a process variant.
What does a process path look like?
The appearance or sequence of a process path depends primarily on the process under consideration. As already mentioned, a path consists of activities, decisions, parallelisms, events, and connectors. A process can contain several process paths. This is the case when there are decisions and parallels in the process. The number of process paths and variants increases with the number of decisions and parallelisms. Furthermore, it usually increases the cycle time of the process.
A process model with two paths can look like this:
The upper path passes through seven activities, whereas the lower path contains only five. This shows that in the second path two activities are skipped completely. The cycle time of the second path is therefore probably less than that of the first.