Prepare processes and recordings in process advisor
Before you can use process advisor task mining to visualize and analyze your processes, you need to:
- Create your process in process advisor.
- Record the activities that make up the process using the Power Automate recorder.
- Prepare the recording for analysis.
- (Optional) Create recommended activity names to make it easier for you and others to prepare the recording for analysis.
Learn more about process advisor processes in the following video.
Create a process
In general, processes you think might be inefficient or repetitive are good candidates for analysis.
Sign in to Power Automate.
On the left-side navigation pane, select Process advisor .
In the Create a new process section, select the Start here tile.
Enter a name for your process and description, and then select Recordings.
Record your process
Create a recording in one of two ways:
Create a recording right after process creation
After you create a process, you'll see a screen with two options as next steps.
- Select Add a recording.
Create a recording from the process details screen
Select Process advisor > All processes below the tiles to the right.
Select the name of the process to go to the process details screen.
On the menu at the top, select New recording.
Select Open recorder.
Launching the recorder in Power Automate
By using any of the methods described previously, you should receive a message that says Launching the recorder in Power Automate.
You should've downloaded Power Automate before you started. However, you can also select Get the app to install it.
If you've installed Power Automate, you should see an Open Power Automate browser pop-up window. Select it to open the app.
If Power Automate is installed but doesn’t open correctly, select Open again.
Power Automate recorder
On the Desktop recorder screen, select Record.
Perform the actions that you want to record, and then select Finish at the bottom of the recorder screen.
After the recording has been saved successfully, select View recording to view the recorded steps and prepare the recording for analysis.
Depending on the length of the recording, it may take some time before the actions will be available.
As you record your actions, the action descriptions will be listed in the recorder screen.
To delete any action from your recording, select the trash can icon.
To temporarily stop recording, select Pause recording at any time during the recording.
To continue recording from where you left off, select Start recording again.
To erase all the recorded actions and start over, select Reset recording.
Be methodical in your actions to improve the readability of the recording. There's a slight delay, so wait for the red box to focus on the item you're trying to interact with before selecting.
If there were any selections made by mistake, delete the action in the recorder screen.
Prepare a recording for analysis
After the recording has been completed, you can view the recorded actions on the recording details screen. More importantly, you need to prepare the recording to be ready for analysis.
What does this mean?
The actions recorded can be granular, and they need to be grouped into activities. These will be the building blocks for the process map that's created through analysis. Fortunately, process advisor now supports auto create activities from recordings.
Remove any sensitive information from the recording. For more information, go to Protect your data in process advisor.
Here's a short video on how to prepare a recording for analysis with process advisor.
Grouping actions into activities
You should already have some activities that are created automatically. You can accept auto created activities as is, or you can change them.
Edit an existing activity
If you want to change from which action the activity starts, drag the activity header up or down the actions list to where you want the activity to start.
If you want to change the activity name, select the activity to bring up the activity name combo box on the right side of the screen.
If you want to find activity names that already exist for the process or create your own, select from the dropdown list.
Add a new activity
Select Add activity to add an activity header. All actions under the activity header and before the next activity header are considered part of the group.
Move the activity header up or down the actions list to where you want the activity to start.
Name your activity on the right side of the screen. Use the dropdown list to find activity names that already exist for the process or create your own.
Delete an activity
To analyze, you need at least two activities. Otherwise, the process map wouldn't be meaningful.
If you don't want an auto create activity or made a mistake and want to delete an activity, select Delete activity in the command bar.
If you don’t want any of the auto created activities or just want to start over from scratch, select Delete all activities in the command bar.
At any time, select Save on the top right to save your work.
Save and analyze
When you finish grouping, select Save and analyze on the top right.
Once analyzed, select View analytics in the notification bar to go to the analytics page. For more information, go to Analyze processes in process advisor.
Alternatively, you can save without analyzing by selecting the caret next to Save and analyze, and then select Save.
Select Close to return to the process details screen.
As much as possible, use an existing activity name. This creates a more consistent and accurate process map.
Activity names will be available in the dropdown list whenever a recording is saved. To remove an activity name from the list after it was removed from all recordings that used that name, you need to analyze the recording.
Create recommended activity names
As a process owner or co-owner, you can create recommended activity names for a process. This will ensure more consistency in naming across recordings.
On the process details screen, select Create activity names to bring up the panel.
To add a new activity name entry to the recommended list, select New name.
When you're done, select Save.
The activity names you added will now show up under Recommended names in the dropdown list when grouping actions for a recording. Any activities that aren't defined in the recommended list will show up under Custom names.
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