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Introduction to the Most Commonly Used Diagrams

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Posted by James Freeman | 07/13/2021
A brief description of commonly used diagrams. The most commonly used diagrams are flowchart, chart and graph, floor plan, electrical diagram and project chart.

Basic Flowchart

A flow chart is an useful tool dealing with common task. It is used to create common flowchart, top-down diagrams, information tracking diagrams, process planning diagrams and structure prediction diagrams.

 Basic Flowchart Example Blank Flowchart

Cause and Effect Diagram

Cause and Effect Diagram identifies major causes and breaks them into sub-causes and further sub-divisions (if any). It is usually preceded by cause-and-effect. Also called fishbone diagram (because of its resemblance to a fish skeleton) or Ishikawa diagram.

cause effect diagram Low Customer Satisfaction Fishbone Diagram

Cross Functional Flowchart

Cross-Functional Flowchart shows the relationship between a business process and the functional units (such as departments) responsible for that process.

Recruitment Management Flowchart Audit Process Flowchart

Data Flow Diagram

A Data Flow Diagram (DFD) is a graphical representation of the "flow" of data through an information system, modeling its process aspects. It can also be used for the visualization of data processing structured design.

data flow diagram Ticket Booking Data Flow

IDEFO Diagram

IDEFO stands for Integration Definition for Process Modeling, a public-domain methodology used to model business and their processes so they can be understood and improved. IDEFO diagrams typically include these components: Context diagram, Parent/child diagram and Node trees.

Mind Map

Mind Map is used to visually outline information. Mind Mapping can better help to analyze, understand, summarize, recall and generate new ideas, simply by a structure created around a single word or text, and added by associated ideas, words and concepts. Mind maps are considered to be a type of "spider diagram".

mind map Motivation Strategies Mind Map

SDL Diagram

Specification and Description Language (SDL) Diagrams are used to show specifics of a process. Using many different nodes to show more details in the process, SDL diagrams are made up of the system definition, blocks, and process.

TQM Diagram

Total Quality Management (TQM) is a comprehensive and structured approach to organizational management that achieves best quality of products and services through using effectively refinements in response to continuous feedback, and through using them effectively in order to deliver best value for the customer, while achieving long term objectives of the organization.

Work Flow Diagram

A Workflow Diagram is a simple form of Flowchart depicting the flow of tasks or actions from one person or group to another. It typically consists of a set of symbols representing actions or individuals connected by arrows indicating the flow from one to another. Workflow Diagrams provide a general overview of any business process which is useful for documenting the workflow of that process.

Work Flow Diagram Human Resources Management Workflow Doagram

Charts and Graphs

Charts and Graphs are great because they communicate information visually and easily.

Form Design

HR and PR staff might find a lot of useful templates in Form Design for creating and editing company sheet, envelope samples and name cards etc.

Marketing Charts and Diagrams

Marketing charts and Diagrams are used to create drawings for process modeling, benchmarking, simulation and improvement, path routing, time and cost analysis, activity-based costing, product portfolios, scope and marketing mix, production life and adoption cycles, market and resource analysis and pricing matrices.

Directional Map

Directional Map can be used for designing urban planning, accident report, photogram, transportation engineering and description of meeting and activities. It contains transportation and maps transit shapes, such as highways, parkways, intersections, road and street signs, routes, railroad tracks, transit terminals, rivers, and building etc.

Directional Map

Geographic Map

Geographic Map is applied for professional mapping of multi-national occasions.

Office Layout

Office Layout is especially useful for office layout designing. Different templates of Office Layout depicting details from one area to another area in an office will maximize efficiency and planning for user's task.

Office Layout

Organization Chart

Organization chart graphically represents the management structure of an organization, such as department managers and non-management employees within a company. This chart is valuable in that it visualized a complete organization, by means of the picture it presents.


Personalized Calendar can be both convenient and interesting for users to schedule work and life, replacing traditional calendars by freely editing emphasizing attentions and project limits on any day, in any month and in any year.

Gantt Chart

Gantt Chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates a project schedule from start to finish date of terminal and summary elements of the project. Professionals can record task and calculate data in Gantt Chart with relevant task button in Edraw templates.

PERT Chart

PERT Chart refers to Project Evaluation and Review Technique Chart, which is designed to analyze and represent tasks involved in completing a given project.


Timeline is typically a graphic design showing a list of events labeled on points where they would happen. Timeline template provides a linear model representing events in annual planning report and projects development etc.

General Diagram Types - Overview

Six Major Flowchart Elements

Types of Business Diagram

Types of Project Management Diagram

Types of Software Diagram

Types of Network Diagram

Types of Organizational Chart

Types of Business Form

Types of Engineering Diagram

Types of Floor Plan

Types of Maps

Types of Science Illustration

Types of Database Diagram

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