What is Workflow Diagram

Different versions of definition are presented here to help you understand workflow diagrams better.

Overview of Workflow Diagram

A Workflow Diagram visually displays the movement and transfer of resources, documents, data and tasks through the entire work process for a certain product or service. A successfully created flowchart will represent the correct workflow in an organized and clear way. Here is an example created by Edraw - an easy-to use workflow tool.

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In other words, 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 direction. Different shapes represent different aspects of the workflow. For example, a process is represented by a rectangle while a diamond stands for a decision.

A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of business activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information. It can be depicted as a sequence of operations, declared as work of a person or group, an organization of staff, or one or more simple or complex mechanisms. (Wikipedia)

From a more abstract or higher-level perspective, workflow may be considered a view or representation of real work. The flow being visualized may refer to a document, service or product that is being delivered from one process to another.

Workflows may be viewed as one fundamental building block to be combined with other parts of an organization's structure such as information technology, teams, projects and hierarchies.

Workflow Diagram Examples

Here are some sample workflow diagrams to help you understand it better. Free download this examples as reference. They are editable, printable and integratable with MS Office.

Manufacturing Workflow Logistic Management Workflow Internet Service Workflow
Manufacturing Workflow Logistic Management Workflow Internet Service Workflow
Website Design Workflow Translation Workflow Taxi Service Workflow
Website Design Workflow Translation Workflow Taxi Service Workflow

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