The Start shape is used to indicate the beginning of a process.
For example, the process below starts when a newsletter is required.
The Start shape can also be used to indicate an input that comes from an external process. In our example, a person may subscribe to the newsletter at any point in time and that information will be used to update the mailing list. The upper Start shape in the graphic below represents an alternate entry point to task A02.
Many TaskMaps represent just one portion of a larger process because the entire process doesn’t fit conveniently on a single page. In these cases, each continuation page of a TaskMap may start with a Connector shape instead of the Start shape. For example, the newsletter content may be prepared in a TaskMap that describes the writing and review process in detail. That process is then connected to the TaskMap® that describes the process to distribute the newsletter.