Atlas Play is designed to be as intuitive as possible. The whole platform is built with a no-code philosophy at its heart, so digital transformation can be as simple as dragging and dropping.

Each process you map will start, appropriately enough, with a Start Event. This circular symbol lets Atlas Play know where your process begins and one is automatically added when you create a process. You’ll notice that next to the Start Event in the Tool Box is a similar circle with a thicker outline. This is an End Event. We’ll get to that at the end!

If you click on your Start Event a selection of tools will appear to the right of the symbol. You’ll notice that many of these symbols correspond to the tools options on the left of the Diagram Canvas.

Here we’ll discuss a few quick options to get you started:

Append Task

This is one you’ll be using a lot. This button allows you to add a task into your process that’s linked to the element you have selected. You can also drag and drop a task in from the tool box.

NB: If you drag and drop a task from the tool box, you will have to link it to your process elements manually.

Append Gateway

This adds a gateway to your process. There are three different kinds of gateways you can choose.

  1. Exclusive Gateways can be used to make a branching choice in your mapped process. The simplest example would be a ‘yes/no’ decision. For example, ‘Has the system been updated?’. You could add an exclusive gateway here with two paths, one where the user answers ‘yes’, and one where the user answers ‘no’.

    NB: If using an Exclusive Gateway to split paths, only one outgoing path needs to be followed. If it’s being used to merge paths, only one incoming path needs to be active to pass through the gateway.

  1. Inclusive Gateways can be used to make a branching split where, depending on conditions, more than 1 outgoing path may be valid to run. For example, based on selections at an earlier task where 1, 2 or 3 options may be selected, tasks for all the selected options are carried out in parallel. If used to merge paths, all of the incoming valid paths must be active to pass through the gateway (ie. one or more, depending on how many of the paths are valid).

  2. Parallel Gateways can be used to branch a process into multiple directions which can run parallel to each other. This gateway doesn't use conditions as each path following the gateway is valid

Append TextAnnotation

This tool will allow you to add a note to the selected element in your process. This can be for internal use or for your own needs. You can add in a document relating to your process here or other supporting elements.

Change Type

This tool allows you to change the type of the element you have selected. If this is a Task, you can change between a User, Service, or Manual task. You could also choose a Call Activity or a Sub Process. Each element type has a number of variants you can choose using this tool.

Sequence Connection

This tool allows you to connect each element in your process to other elements. The Sequence connection allows you to add an element into the actual sequence of your mapped process

Remove

This simply allows you to remove the element you have selected.

Now that you have an understanding of what each tool does, try mapping out your process. Don’t worry about any of the in depth functionality yet, we’ll get to it soon.

For now, document the process you have in mind. Consider the steps that are involved in completing this process, branching decisions that need to be made and parallel processes that can or should happen at the same time.

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