Flowchart Definitions and Objectives
A flowchart 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 Flowcharting 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.