Flowchart Map Definitions and Objectives
- A flowchart map illustrates the steps in a process. By visualizing the process, a flowchart can quickly help identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies where the process can be streamlined or improved.
- A drawing that uses symbols interconnected with lines to represent the flow of information
- A process flow diagram that illustrates the successive steps in a process, procedure, system or model.
Basic Flowchart Map Shapes
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. Click Here to view basic symbols used in flow charts.
Common Flow Chart Terms
Flow Diagram, Flow Sheet, Flow Map, Flow Model, Flow Documentation, Flow Document, Process Flow Chart, Process Flow Diagram, Process Flow Map, Process Flow Model, Process Flow Document or Process Flow Documentation, Information Flow Chart or Information Flow Model.
Process Flowcharting (Process Flow Mapping)
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 Flow Chart, 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.
Business Flowcharting (Business Mapping)
Illustrates the activities in a business in order to understand and use knowledge more efficiently; identify what processes may be needed to make improvements (e.g. increase productivity or job satisfaction among employees); or mapping to profitability and success. Sometimes called: Business Flow Chart, Business Map, Business Map Model, Enterprise Map, Enterprise Model, Solutions Map, Decision Map, Decision Model or Decision Making Process Map.
Concept Flowcharting (Concept Mapping)
Involves creating a flow model that contains a concept, item or question for exploring knowledge, new information, new ideas, or relationships; to illustrate an individual's concept of knowledge in a specific area; or to communicates complex ideas. AKA Concept Diagram, Concept Map, Concept Model, Concept Module, Concept Flow Chart, Conceptual Map or Conceptual Model.
Information Knowledge Mapping (Mind Mapping)
Similar to a concept map, it involves creating a flow model that explores knowledge, new information, new ideas, or relationships; an illustration of one's knowledge in a specific area; or a model that communicates complex ideas. AKA Information Map or Information Flow Model, Mind Map, Inspiration Diagram, Brainstorm Map, Circle Map, Bubble Map, Thinking Map or Thought Map.
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