A Node is logically equivalent to an Activity.
Nodes names are used to create Activities in summary maps using the Generate Next Level Wizard in Process Navigator. Therefore, it is recommended that Nodes are named by one of the following options:
When you drill down on an Activity, Process Navigator automatically drops and names the equivalent Node if it does not already exist.
Process Navigator uses the Node name and the Activity name to establish the link between them in drill-down. If you change either the name of the Activity or the name of the Node, the link is broken. This is referred to as dissociation.
To correct a broken link, ensure that the name of the Activity and the Node that it is drilling to have the same name.
TIP: The hyperlinks between the Activity and Node are not case-sensitive but are space-sensitive. Ensure that there are not any extra spaces in either name otherwise the hyperlink will remain broken.
Dissociation enables you to compile several versions of an Activity’s decomposition simply by changing the name of the Activity slightly, then double-clicking it. This is a valuable tool for maintaining drafts of a decomposition until you are sure which one is correct.
Right-click the Node and select Properties.
The Activity Properties tab will be enabled if the corresponding Activity is in a file that is currently open in a session of Visio. This allows you to record properties in both a Node and its corresponding Activity from just the one shape.
The node strapline is the red band located just above the node footer and appears on all unapproved process maps. This is a belt and braces approach to ensure that unapproved maps are not misconstrued as final approved versions. The text displayed here is set from within the node properties dialog and is set as default to “This process is new or has been modified since it was last reviewed. The information here is subject to approval”. The strapline is only removed once the process has been approved and the approval status in the node properties has been changed to ‘approved.’
It is possible to swap the positions of the Node header and footer so that the title appears at the top of the Node.
To swap the positions of the Node header and footer, right-click the Node and select Title at Top.
NOTE: This option is not selected by default. Every Node will have to be manually changed with this option unless your Node was specifically customised by Triaster. Please note that customisation of the Node by the customer will not be supported by Triaster.