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Flowchart is a means of visually presenting the flow of data through an information processing systems, the operations performed within the system and the sequence in which they are performed. In this lesson, we shall concern ourselves with the program flowchart, which describes what operations (and in what sequence) are required to solve a given problem.

The program flowchart can be likened to the blueprint of a building. As we know a designer draws a blueprint before starting construction on a building. Similarly, a programmer prefers to draw a flowchart prior to writing a computer program.

A flowchart (also spelled flow-chart and flow chart) is a schematic representation of a process. They are commonly used in business/economic presentations to help the audience visualize the content better, or to find flaws in the process.

The flowchart is one of the seven basic tools of quality control, which include the histogram, Pareto chart, check sheet, control chart, cause-and-effect diagram, flowchart, and scatter diagram.

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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.

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