|Abstract:||The agile workflow technology deals with flexible workflow adaptation and overriding, in case of foreseen as well as unforeseen changes and problems in the operating business environment. One key issue that an agile workflow system should address is Business Process (BP) monitoring, an activity which consists in properly highligting and organizing non-compliances and adaptations with respect to the default process schema, and which can be the starting point for other very critical tasks, such as quality assessment and process reenginering.
In this paper, we introduce an automated support to BP monitoring, which exploits the Case-based Reasoning (CBR) methodology. CBR is particularly well suited for managing exceptional situations, and has been proposed in the literature for process change reuse and workflow adaptation support. Our work extends these functionalities by retrieving traces of process execution similar to the current one, which can then be automatically clustered. Retrieval and clustering results can provide support both to end users, in the process instance execution phase, and to process engineers, in (formal) process quality exaluation and long term process schema redefinition.
Our approach in practice is illustrated by means of a case study in the field of stroke management. |