Process Flow Chart


Description:

The Process Flow Chart provides a visual representation of the steps in a process.

When to Use:

One of the first activities of a process improvement effort is constructing a flowchart. It provides the following benefits:

1- It give you and everyone a clear understanding of the process.

2- Facilitates teamwork and communication.

3- Helps to identify non-value-added operations.

Flowchart Software

I recommend Edraw software for making flowcharts. With this software you can quickly and easily make flowcharts. If you need to create professional flowcharts use Edraw. Click the link for a free download and you can try it without any commitment.

If you do decide to buy Edraw, it is only $69.95 which is a bargain compared to other flowcharting software.

Method:

There are many symbols used to construct a flowchart; the more common symbols are shown below:

Identify the process steps and link them together with direction arrows.

Following is an example of a very simple flowchart for the process of getting out of bed in the morning:

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