How to Choose a Way of Mapping a Flowchart
Who are Involved in Mapping the Flowchart?
According to our experience, the task of drawing a flowchart usually needs people with different knowledge and experience. A team of 5 to 8 people will be ideal. However, after the actual beginning of mapping, the necessary knowledge weights more than the assumed number of people. It's even more important that everyone can speak out freely in a team over eight people. The best way to answer the question " who are involved in mapping the flowchart?" is to draw a Stakeholder Diagram.
How Do They Participate in Mapping?
Participants can organize a group meeting to draft the flowchart, maybe call in individuals or general meetings to discuss prepared drafts with each other. Sometimes drawing a simple flowchart alone and sending it to partners for proofreading works well. But by our experience of mapping flowchart, the teamwork of drawing flowchart can bring obvious benefits.
How Long Does it Cost to Finish Mapping the Flowchart?
It depends on the complexity of the flowchart, your understanding of the process, and available resources, etc. Then, two aspects will determine how long you will finish mapping the flowchart at a certain time. At last, it depends on whether the existing process is a new or an old one.
How Many Information Sources Are There?
You can build up a flowchart on the basis of various information sources: documents, staff, and observation, etc. Relevant documents like quality control manual, job description, work procedure, workshop manual, production data, information exchange system, and management system, etc. can provide information for drawing flowchart. Still, they are not directly linked to actual mapping in the end. You must observe, interview and talk with important people privately as a sampling experiment so that the documentary process can work effectively.
How Detailed Should the Flowchart be?
It all depends on current condition. The most common mistake of people is focusing on too complicated details while ignoring the really important matter. We suggest that flowchart should be detailed enough for you to understand the process, it cannot be only superficial.