How to Draw a Swimlane Flowchart

Are you confused on how to draw a swimlane flowchart? Here are some guidelines which can be used to ease the understanding of swimlane flowcharts.

Definition of Swimlane Flowchart

Swimlane flowchart is a special chart to show the relationship between a business process and the functional units (such as departments) responsible for that process. It focuses on the logical relationship of the value activities and can better show the responsibility for each.

How to Draw a Swimlane Flowchart

  1. Find out the staffs or departments involved in the process or function, and listed them in the left side of the page or above;
  2. Lists the steps in the process through brainstorming.
  3. Exploring these treatments, and placed in the proper lane.
  4. Discuss how to improve workflow.

Swimlane Flowchart

Department Dimension should be divided by the department or responsibility. Point out which department is in charge of completing the activity.

Phase Dimension should be divided by the task stages. Each process is consisted with the different stages.

Activities within each grid should be implemented by the department at that stage.

Swimlane Flowchart Software

With the professional swimlane flowchart software, it's easier to draw the swimlane flowchart. You needn't to take care of the drawing skill but only understand how to draw the swimlane.

To add the swimlane units to an existing flowchart, drop cross-functional shapes onto the page and then place the process steps in the lanes. The cross-functional shapes locates in the Cross-Functional Horizontal template and Cross-Functional Vertical template.

Role of Swimlane Flowchart

  1. Swimlane flowchart helps to distinguish the process scope of work for everyone;
  2. Swimlane flowchart helps to study the action transfer among people or work group in the process.

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