Flowchart is a type of diagram used to represent information in a clear, graphic, and structured way. With this powerful tool comes endless applications in both personal and professional context.
Zen Flowchart allows you to create flowcharts easily from ready-made templates:
Below we showcase some of the flowchart use cases:
Start drawing several major blocks that represent the most important steps in your process. Don’t worry about the details for now. Flowchart is actually a great tool for brainstorming, which means you don’t need to have every detail of the chart worked out before drawing the diagram. In most cases, you can start with the starting block, and continue working your way through the end of the process. Because flowcharts are read left to right and top to bottom, start your first node at the top left corner of your workspace.
Fill in the remaining steps. We recommend working in the natural order of the process. An optional step here is to style your chart with different shapes and color to make it easier to follow.
Work through all the steps in your chart to make sure they are clear and exhaustive, and that there is no open-ended node remained. When there is a decision point, make sure the options cover all possible scenarios.
Share a draft of the flowchart and get feedback from the intended users. If the flow chart is meant just for yourself then you can skip this step. But if the chart is meant for a team or a group of people, then it’s important to get their feedback to make sure that your flowchart is accurate and helpful.
Flowcharts should be made easily accessible to all parties involved. So make sure you publish your work in the right place. Our flowchart software Zen Flowchart has a handy publishing feature, which allows you to publish and share your flowcharts. Any future updates you make to the document will automatically be updated.
From the basic flowchart, we have seen its proliferation into other variations to serve specific functions and industries. Here are some types of flowchart you may come across:
A type of diagram that represents the flow of data in a process or system.
A flowchart with the addition of swimlane component, which helps organize the nodes of a chart into the appropriate party or team. Each lane will only contains the steps involving a single party. For example, for a hiring process that involves multiple teams, a standard flowchart may be reorganized into different lanes involving different teams to better view the division of task and handover points in a process.
EPC diagrams, or event-driven process chain diagrams, are used to document or plan business processes. This standard was developed within the framework of Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) by August-Wilhelm Scheer.
SDL diagrams, or specification and description language diagrams are used to describe specifications of a system. In comparison to UML, SDL diagrams deal with the detailed aspects of a system, whereas UML deals with a more abstract level.
UML is a standardized modeling language used to visualize the design of a system. It is often used in the field of software engineering. You can view full specification here.