Process Flowchart - Draw Process Flow Diagrams by Starting with Process Mapping Software
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Process Flowchart (Process Flow Mapping)
Process Flowchart Diagram or PFD is also known as the system
flow diagram or SFD. The main reason of using process flowchart is to show the
relation between major parts of the system. Process Flowchart Diagram or PFD does not
include minor parts or components of the system like piping ratings or piping
systems. In many organizations, users term process flow diagrams as flow sheet.
Process flowcharts are used primarily in process engineering and chemical
industry where there is a requirement of depicting the relationship between
major components only. These process engineering and chemical industry are least
concerned about the minor components involved in the system. Process flow
diagrams for single unit or multiple units differ in their structure and
implementation. Process flow diagrams for multiple units do not include detailed
information and are known as the schematic flow diagrams or block flow diagrams.
It involves creating a flow model that illustrates and
analyzes the overall flow of activities in producing a product or service.
Sometimes called: Process diagram, process flowchart, process flow map or
process map, process flow document or process flow documentation, process flow
model or process design model, process flow analysis chart or process flow
analysis map model, process document or process documentation.
Use a variety of drawing tools, smart connectors and
shape libraries to create flowcharts of complex processes, procedures and
information exchange. Define and document basic work and data flows, financial,
production and quality management processes to increase efficiency of your
business. Create process flowcharts, process flow Models, data flow diagrams,
basic Flowcharts, IDEF0 flowcharts and
SDL diagrams and a lot more with a perfect business flowchart tool Edraw.
Process Flowchart Software
Edraw allows you to more easily create a
process flowchart by providing the following possibilities for a flowchart:
- a variety of drawing tools, smart connectors and drag-and-drop shape libraries to create flow charts of complex processes, procedures and information exchanges
- libraries and templates for audit flowcharts, data flow diagrams, cause & effect diagrams, IDEF0 Flowcharts and SDL Diagrams, cross-functional flowcharts and more
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Process flow diagrams should include the information
regarding the connection between various systems. It also consists of the
process piping and details of major parts. Process flow diagrams are usually drawn
on a large sheet of paper. Nowadays with the advent of computers and new
technology, we tend to use computerized process flow diagrams. In old computer
era, we used to draw process flow diagrams with the help of supporting software
manually but now we have many process simulators that automatically create
process flow diagrams. We can also make use of the Computer Aided Design (CAD)
technology or flow chart software to enhance our process flow diagram skills.
Flowcharts are maps or graphical representations of a process. Steps in a process are shown with symbolic shapes, and the flow of the process is indicated with arrows connecting the symbols. Computer programmers popularized flowcharts in the 1960's, using them to map the logic of programs. In quality improvement work, flowcharts are particularly useful for displaying how a process currently functions or
can ideally function. Flowcharts can help you see whether the steps of a process are logical, uncover problems or miscommunications, define the boundaries of a process, and develop a common base of knowledge about a process. Flowcharting a process often brings to light redundancies, delays, dead ends, and indirect paths that would otherwise remain unnoticed or ignored. But flowcharts don't work if they aren't accurate, if team members are afraid to describe what actually happens, or if the team is too far removed from the actual workings of the process.
The Services Process Flowchart displays the activities
you may need to execute to achieve successful implementation and in-service
management of your services program. These activities are intended as guides for
consideration as you plan your services program. They are structured for a
services program in which the prime services contractor will provide all human
resources, ancillary equipment, and all space and facility modifications.
Services programs which are intending to establish new or replace capabilities
now provided by FAA owned and operated equipment with some form of leased
services/equipment capability should use the Systems Process Flowchart to the
extent applicable to ensure adequate planning for such program elements as
logistics support and configuration management. This is to ensure leased
capabilities are supported adequately and can achieve specified availability
Standard Symbols for Drawing Process Flowchart
Flowcharts use special shapes to represent different types of actions or steps in a process. Lines and arrows show the sequence of the steps and the relationships among them.
There are many symbols used to construct a flow chart. The more common symbols
are shown below:
Process Flow Diagram Symbols
Process and Instrumentation Drawing Symbols
How to Draw Process Flowcharts
The easiest way to
draw a process flow chart is by starting with
a Edraw template.
The following is an example of a very simple flow chart for
the process of getting out of bed in the morning:
You can make a flowchart more useful by adding
information beside the boxes. This flowchart gives a better description of the
process when you know that the snooze bar gets hit three times, postponing the
inevitable by five minutes each time.
Examples of Process Flowchart
The Benefits of Process Flowchart
The process flow chart provides a visual
representation of the steps in a process. Flow charts are also referred to as
process mapping or flow diagrams. Edraw is a perfect process flowchart software
with rich flow chart templates and flow chart symbols so you can create
professional flow charts quickly and easily. Constructing a flow chart is often
one of the first activities of a process improvement effort because of the
- make process flowcharts
- give everyone a clear understanding of the process
- help to identify non-value-added operations
- facilitate teamwork and communication
- keep everyone on the same page
- design a flow charts
- flowchart construction etc.
Process Flowchart Drawing Guidelines
There is not only one right way to develop a flowchart,
but the following guidelines provide a general structure to follow, whether
it's of the overall course navigational process, or at the hand-off phase to
the various team members to develop more detailed treatment.
- Start with a simple one-line description or
title of the process being flowcharted , e.g., "How to..."
- Using a top-down hierarchy, starting with a
terminal symbol, naming this trigger event, e.g., "User accesses course
- Connect each successive action step in the
logical sequence of events.
- Reference detailed information through
annotations or connectors.
- Follow the process through to completion,
denoted by a labeled end terminal symbol, e.g., "exit course."
A well-developed functional flowchart created in the
design phase can save hours of wasted manpower and time by ensuring the
structure, sequencing and branching decision points in a computer-based
instructional program, supporting the course goals and objectives before
Whether you are the sole creator wearing many hats,
or one of many on the development team, sharing a common visual language
will guide the project through its many iterations and development phases
throughout the instructional design process.
Other Business Process Diagrams
Process Flow Diagram
Cause and Effect Diagram
Data Flow Diagram
Event Flow Diagram
Fault Tree Analysis Diagram
Work Flow Diagram
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