Variants

The Variants component of the Metricus Process Miner has 3 sections; a grid for variant selection, a graph to enable selection of single variants within the process explorer, and options to be applied to the process explorer for variants selected


Variant selection grid

The Variant Selection Grid allows for the selection of 1 or more variants to be displayed in the Process Explorer.   The default number of variants selected is 10.   The fields available in the Variant Selector are;


Field

Description

Default

ID

A unique indicator for Variants, order by tasks desc i.e. Variant #1 has the most amount of tasks

Y

Tasks

The # of tasks in a variant

Y

% Total Tasks

The % of total tasks that a variant represents

Y

Avg Duration

The average duration of tasks in a variant, based on the timestamp of the first activity defined and the last activity (calendar time)

Y

Loops

Indicates if the variant contains one or more loops i.e. a step that goes back to an activity that had previously occurred

Y

Compliant

Indicates if the variant has one of more non-compliant steps

Y

Automated

Indicates if a variant is fully automated i.e. all steps are flagged as automated

Y

Avg Actual Cost

Displays the average actual cost of a task in the variant, based on costs allocated to steps within the variant

Y

Min Duration

The minimum lifecycle duration of a task within the variant

N

Max Duration

The maximum lifecycle duration of a task within the variant

N

Std Deviation

The standard deviation of the duration of tasks in a variant (calendar time).  This can be used to detect unstable variants i.e. variants where some tasks take very little time, and others take an extended amount of time to resolve/close

N

Avg Target Cost

Displays the average target cost of a task in the variant, based on costs allocated to steps within the variant

N

Avg Savings

Displays the average saving per tasks, based on the actual and target costs entered

N

Total Savings

Displays the total saving for all tasks associated with the variant, based on the actual and target costs entered

N

Events

The # of events in a variant

N

% Total Events

The % of total events that a variant represents

N

Steps

The number of steps in the variant

N

 

The following are capabilities of the variant selection grid:


Select variants

To select variants to display in the Process Explorer, use the standard windows functionality for multi-select within the grid. You can also perform a range selection by click, drag, then release.


 

Note: The following capabilities are generic across all grids within the Metricus Process Miner


Sorting

Click the column header to sort by a column.  An arrow will then appear in the column header indicating that the column is sorted as well as the sort direction

Column Menu

The Column Menu drops down from the column header when the menu icon is clicked.  

 

Default options include:

  • Autosize selected columns or all columns
  • Search a column for specific values
  • Select which columns to display

 

Context Menu

The context menu is available by right clicking anywhere in the grid.  It enables copying of selected/highlighted cells,  creation of charts from the selected cells, and export of all grid contents to either CSV or XLS.   Note that only displayed columns are exported.  Use the column menu to show additional columns that you may want exported


Variant graph

The Variant Graph will update with the variants selected in the Variant Selection grid.   Clicking a variant in the graph will activate the ‘Variant Select Action’ option currently selected;  Animate highlight the selected variant, Lifecycle to dynamically highlight the selected variant, and Isolate to remove all variants other than the selected variants.    To turn off the selected ‘Variant Select Action’, re-click the selected Variant  in the graph.  The colours used for animation and lifecycle display can be set in the Settings -> Explorer pane


 

 

Variant Filter

The Filter options can be used to only view variants that contain Loops, are Compliant or Automated.   Note that these are indeterminate check-boxes.  i.e. if Filter-Loops is unchecked, only variants that do not contain loops will display, if it is checked only variants containing loops will display, if it is neutral   (default), no filter will apply


Variant Highlight

Checking the highlights options will highlight loops with the respective attributes.   The colours used to highlight can be set in the Settings pane