Swimlanes are a way for users to visually represent activities and the roles that play them. Essentially they define the participants of a process as well as the activities that will be undertaken by each of those participants in the course of the entire process flow. Given the tutorial scenario that we're trying to build highlighted in ?Processes, we can surmise that there will be 3 different roles involved; and hence 3 different swimlanes. Those participants are:
Now once your Workflow Designer launches, it will by default have participant already created for you (called Participant1). Double click on the Participant1 label and the replace the "Participant1" name with "Requestor". Once done, click on the OK button.
Now we'll need 2 more swimlanes to complete this portion. To create a new swimlane, click on the Participant icon on your left toolbar. Your mouse cursor should change to a people icon now. Having done that, simply click twice on the workspace. Once you have all 3 swimlanes, double click on each of the participant labels and rename "Participan2" to "Supervisor" and "Participant3" to "HOD"