Adding Subflows in the GPM

When you create a subflow, you create a layer in the business process model. While a subflow layer provides more design space, it does not create a separately-saved business process model. A subflow is an integral part of the process for tracking purposes.

About this task

You can expand the view to work with the components of the subflow by using the Layers tab in the Navigation pane.

For information about planning subflows for your business process models, see Organizing Your Business Process ModelsOrganizing your Business Process Models.


  1. From the Tools menu, select Add Sub Flow. The GPM adds the subflow icon to the workspace and expands the structure in the Navigation pane to show the subflow.
  2. In the workspace, drag and drop the subflow icon to the appropriate location within the business process model.
    You may need to remove the link that connects two previously arranged icons in order to insert the subflow icon. To remove the link, click the link and press Delete.
  3. Link the icons accordingly.
  4. To rename the subflow, select the subflow icon, right-click, and select Properties to display the Property editor. Type the name for the subflow in the Value field. When you click out of the Property editor, the subflow icon displays the new name in the workspace. Now you are ready to configure the subflow components.
  5. In the Layers tab of the Navigation pane, click the subflow to display the workspace for the subflow. The GPM includes unlinked Start and End icons for your convenience.
  6. Create a business process model for the subflow:
    1. Add the icons that meet the requirements of your business process.
    2. Arrange the icons.
    3. Link each icon, including the Start and End icons.
    4. Align the business process model.
    5. Configure parameters for the icons in the subflow using the element editors as needed.
  7. Do you want to continue working on the parent business process model (the one that the subflow is part of)?
    • If yes, in the Navigation pane, click the parent business process model icon to display to the parent process in the workspace.
    • If no, save the business process model or validate and save the business process model.