The Process Pattern represents linear stage by stage development through a sequence of steps. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Exchange. Process illustrates the development of value through stages where an element is added to and transformed at each step. The amount of steps must be balanced with the amount of value being created. The role of Process is to create value through sequential development.
The principle of developmental process: the enduring health and evolution of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration of the number of steps in a process with the level of value creation, for a given context.