Process Description is a broad and written statement of a specific process, based upon the findings of an analysis to generally explore the triggers and outcomes of the process. It specifies a sequence of events that need to be performed throughout the process to reach the process’s objectives. Process description usually forms the basis of process specification.
Process descriptions are best used to create a general explanation of what activities need to be carried out and what goals need to be achieved upon process completion. For example, a description of project management process includes such activities as Define Project, Plan Project Activities, Perform Project, Control Performance, and Terminate Project. Such a description also explores project goals, such as Produce Deliverables and Satisfy Stakeholders.
Description of a typical process consists of the following key sections:
- Process name
- Triggers that cause process launch
- Process purpose and desired outcome
- Path (sequence of events) for reaching process purpose and producing process outcome
- Rough estimate of resources needed to reach process success.