Swimlane

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A row on a business process diagram. A way of indicating who is responsible for a given process or activity. Swimlanes are named on the left side of the process diagram. In most cases swimlanes are assigned to departments, groups within departments, individuals, or , in some cases external stakeholders or other business processes. In exceptional cases, swimlanes may represent sites or geographical regions. Processes, sub-processes or activities that fall within a given swimlane are the responsibility of the entity named on the left axis of the process diagram. Some workflow tools represent swimlanes as vertical rows The direction of swimlanes is arbitrary.

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