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Flowcharts are used in designing and documenting simple processes or programs. Like other types of diagrams, they help visualize what is going on and thereby help understand a process, and perhaps also find flaws, bottlenecks, and other less-obvious features within it. There are many different types of flowcharts, and each type has its own repertoire of boxes and notational conventions.

A flowchart is described as "cross-functional" when the page is divided into different swimlanes describing the control of different organizational units. A symbol appearing in a particular "lane" is within the control of that organizational unit. This technique allows the author to locate the responsibility for performing an action or making a decision correctly, showing the responsibility of each organizational unit for different parts of a single process.

Common alternative names include:

  • flowchart,
  • process flowchart,
  • functional flowchart,
  • process map,
  • process chart,
  • functional process chart,
  • business process model,
  • process model,
  • process flow diagram,
  • work flow diagram,
  • business flow diagram.
The terms "flowchart" and "flow chart" are used interchangeably.

Flowcharting software

ConceptDraw PRO is a professional flowchart software. Over 20 flow chart symbols and stencils in libraries allow you to make great-looking flowcharts. Use RapiDraw technology clicking on direction arrows to add a new object to the flowchart. This way you make awesome flowchart at the moment.

Flowcharting Software including Flow Chart Symbols, flowchart maker

Pic. 1. Flowcharting Software Including Flow Chart Symbols

Pic. 2. Flow Chart Symbols

ConceptDraw PRO is Flowcharts creating software also known as professional flowchart maker. The built-in examples allow users to start drawing any type of flowchart simply. The vector flow chart symbols from object libraries are designed objects you can use adding to flowcharts for the best result.

Common Flow chart Symbols:

Symbol Shape Name Symbol Description
Common Symbols
Flow chart Symbols - Terminator Terminator Shows start of a flowchart or its end.
Flow chart Symbols - Process Process Show a Process or action step. Indicates any processing function.
Business Process Flowchart Symbols - Flow Line Flow Line (Arrow, Connector) Flow line connectors show the direction that the process flows
Flow chart Symbols - Decision Decision Indicates a decision point between two or more paths in a flowchart.
Flow chart Symbols - Document Document This shape shows a Document in a flowchart.
Flow chart Symbols - Connector Connector Indicates an inspection point.
Flow chart Symbols - Data Data Can represents any type of data in a flowchart.
Flow chart Symbols - Delay Delay Indicates a delay in the process.
Flow chart Symbols - Preparation Preparation Indicates a modification to a process, such as setting a switch or initializing a routine.
Flow chart Symbols - Subroutine Subroutine Indicates a predefined (named) process, such as a subroutine or a module.
Flow chart Symbols - Off-page connector Off-page connector Use this shape to create a cross-reference and hyperlink from a process on one page to a process on another page.

ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector graphics software provides stencils library with flow chart symbols, samples and templates for drawing flow charts.

Flow-chart Examples

Pic. 3. Flow Chart Examples

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  • Flowchart Diagram Software
  • Technical Diagramming Tool
  • Business Diagramming Tool
  • Professional Business Graphics Tool
  • ConceptDraw PRO native Mac app
  • Easier to use than Microsoft Visio® and more powerful
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Use Solution:

Basic Diagramming
  • Analyzing complex processes
  • Designing complex processes
  • Documenting complex processes
  • Managing complex processes
  • Representing process operations
  • Showing the steps
  • Diagrammatic representation solution to a given problem
  • Represented Process operations
  • Helping to visualize a process
  • Helping to understand a process

Flow Chart Examples:

Flowchart — Invoice Payment Process
Flowchart — Invoice Payment Process

Flowchart - Website Launch
Flowchart - Website Launch

Flowchart — Product Life Cycle Process
Flowchart — Product Life Cycle Process

Flowchart — Food Security Assessment
Flowchart — Food Security Assessment

Cross-functional Flowchart
Cross-functional Flowchart

Flowchart — Selection Sorting Method
Flowchart — Selection Sorting Method

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