Flowchart Definition


ConceptDraw PRO
Discover the World of Visual Communication



What is flowchart

Flowchart definition — a flowchart is a graphically representation of the structure of process or system, algorithm or the step-by-step solution of the problem. The Flowchart describes the flow of data through an information processing systems and the parts of the flows. The flow is a set of the logic operations that meet the certain requirements.

A Flowchart allows to see how the work of the process can be improved, allows to find the key elements of the process and detach the steps that are not essential or even excessive.

The Flowcharts can have the different levels of detail. There the following types that have their strengths and weaknesses:

  • High-Level Flowchart displays the entire system, the most important steps or activities of the process. It also identifies the changes that take place in the process. It is a flowchart simple for construct.
  • Detailed Flowchart represents all the steps, activities that take place in the process, decision points and waiting periods. It is a detailed picture of the process that allows to define the problems and the areas of ineffectiveness that must be reworked and improved.
  • Deployment or Matrix Flowchart is a flowchart in the form of a matrix that shows the participants of the process and the flows of steps between them.

By the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) were provided the standard flowchart symbols (process symbols, decision symbols, terminators, connectors and flow lines, and some others) and rules of creating the Flowcharts. Some main standard symbols are:

  • Rectangle or box is used for representing the activity or the step. Each step or activity inside a process is indicated by a single rectangle. It is a most often used symbol.
  • Rounded box is used for representing the event that occurs automatically and causes the next action.
  • Diamond is used for representing the decision point. This symbol involves the branching yes/no. It is necessary to answer on the question written inside the diamond, make the decision that will determine the next step.
  • Circle is used for representing the point at which the flowchart connects with another process.
  • Flow lines are used to show the progression or transition from one step to another.

The Flowcharts are very useful for the programmers, they draw them on the first stage of the computer program development. The Flowcharts help to write the programs of any complexity and on the any high level language. The Flowcharts allows to programmers simply understand the logic of the complex problems and explain their solution to other people, they allows to form the common understanding of the process among the participants. Especially effective way of the creating Flowcharts is the group discussions, because the participants may not know completely the details of the whole process. The Flowcharts allows to see the inputs or resources of the team members. It's needed to identify the areas for the monitoring, improvement or increased efficiency.

Flowchart Definition with ConceptDraw PRO

Flowchart Definition with ConceptDraw PRO

Example 1. Flowchart Definition with ConceptDraw PRO (Mac OS X™ and Windows™)

The Flowchart constructing involves the following steps:

  • Define the process and the scope of the Flowchart.
  • Determine the project team members for creating the flow diagram.
  • Define the steps of the process and the interrelations between them. Use the "five-minute rule" that means to put the symbol not longer the five minute; if the decision is unclear, put a note or a cloud symbol and go next.
  • Discuss the Flowchart with all the participants. Analyze the symbols, transitions. Verify the decision symbol generates the responses yes or no and the flow of the diagram is logical. Examine the improvement and problem areas. Make the modifications and create the final variant of the Flowchart.
  • Update the Flowchart it as needed.

Create your own flowcharts of order processing steps and explain definition flowchart using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Flowcharts Solution from the "What is a Diagram" Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.

Example 2. Flowchart Definition - Order Process Flowchart

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the tools of Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO Solution Park. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating these samples.

Use the Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO software to quick and easy create various types of flowchart which will help visually explain the flowchart definition.

ConceptDraw Solution Browser (Flowchart solution)

Example 3. ConceptDraw Solution Browser (Flowchart solution)

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Browser v3. The Flowcharts Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 or later users.














Use Product:

  • Flowchart Diagram Software
  • Technical Diagramming Tool
  • Business Diagramming Tool
  • Professional Business Graphics Tool

Use Solution:

Flowcharts
  • Design Flow Chart Diagrams
  • Process Flow Diagrams
  • Business Process Flow Diagrams
  • Represents an algorithm or process
  • Illustrates a solution to a given problem
  • Represented process operations
  • Used in analyzing
  • Used in designing
  • Used in documenting
  • Used in managing a process
  • Used in program in various fields
  • Design elements for flowchart diagrams
  • Templates and examples
  • Import/Export Microsoft Visio™
  • Export to vector graphics files
  • Export to Adobe Acrobat® PDF
  • Export to PPT™


See also Samples:



See also Videos:


TEN RELATED HOW TO's:


Draw Fishbone Diagram on MAC Software
There are many tools to facilitate the problem solving process. Cause and Effect diagram, or Fishbone diagram is one of them. Fishbone diagram can be constructed following 5 simple steps. Professional diagramming ConceptDraw PRO MAC OSX software with Fishbone Diagrams solution helps you make cause and effect analysis, identify the possible causes for an effect for problem solving, draw Fishbone diagram on Mac software aka Ishikawa diagram from brainstorm, templates and examples.  Read more... →
Draw Fishbone Diagram on MAC Software
Picture: Draw Fishbone Diagram on MAC Software
Related Solution: Fishbone Diagrams

Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning
Flowchart Symbols and Meaning - Provides a visual representation of basic flowchart symbols and their proposed use in professional workflow diagram, standard process flow diagram and communicating the structure of a well-developed web site, as well as their correlation in developing on-line instructional projects. See flowchart's symbols by specifics of process flow diagram symbols and workflow diagram symbols.  Read more... →
Flowchart Symbols and Meaning, workflow diagram symbols, process flow diagram symbols
Picture: Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning
Related Solution: Flowcharts

Organizational Charts with ConceptDraw PRO
With ConceptDraw PRO, you can quickly and easily create any type of orgchart professional. ConceptDraw PRO includes numerous organizational chart templates for the simple to complex multi-page charts.  Read more... →
Project Team Development
Picture: Organizational Charts with ConceptDraw PRO
Related Solution: Organizational Charts

Data Flow Diagram
Data flow diagram (DFD) is the part of the SSADM method (Structured Systems Analysis and Design Methodology), intended for analysis and information systems projection. Data flow diagrams are intended for graphical representation of data flows in the information system and for analysis of data processing during the structural projection. Data flow diagram often used in connection with human process and can be displayed as workflow diagram. The critical Process Flow Diagram is another flowchart technique for designing data flow in connection with organizational processes. The critical Process flow diagram may use different range of symbols than a classic workflow diagram.  Read more... →
Data Flow Diagram
Picture: Data Flow Diagram
Related Solution: Workflow Diagrams

Collaboration in a Project Team
Create with our data flow diagram software perfect data flow diagrams. Download data flow diagram software for FREE. Use hundreds of data flow diagram examples.  Read more... →
Advantages of Team-Work: Project
Picture: Collaboration in a Project Team


Process Flowchart
ConceptDraw is Professional software for making process flow diagram, workflow diagram, general flowcharts and technical illustrations for business documents. ConceptDraw software includes rich examples, templates, process flowchart symbols. Flowchart Maker ConceptDraw PRO allows you to easier create a process flowchart. Use a variety of drawing tools, smart connectors, flowchart symbols and shape libraries to create flowcharts of complex processes, process flow diagrams, procedures and information exchange.  Read more... →
business process flowcharts, flowchart symbols, process flow diagram, workflow diagram, flowcvhart maker
Picture: Process Flowchart
Related Solution: Flowcharts

Data modeling with ConceptDraw PRO
Data modelling will help you to study and analyze business processes in your organization for optimization and increase of effectiveness and production.  Read more... →

Picture: Data modeling with ConceptDraw PRO


Swim Lane Diagrams
Swim Lane diagrams are the variety of process flow diagrams and are based on the IDEF3 standard. They were developed by Lynn Shostack for usage in projecting. With their help organization diagrams are combined with process flow, as they visually display an object of the production system which is charged with given concrete processes in general flow of processes of the production system.  Read more... →
Swim lane diagram sample - Payroll process
Picture: Swim Lane Diagrams
Related Solution: Business Processes

Activity Network (PERT) Chart
Activity Network and Project Evaluation and Review Technique, or PERT, charts are a way of documenting and analyzing the tasks in a project. This diagram is constructed as part of the process in creating a schedule of corrective actions. The Activity Network Chart (PERT) shows the logical connections and consequence of tasks to be performed. It displays the time period for problem solving and the implementation of all activities through the critical path.  Read more... →
PERT chart - Sales
Picture: Activity Network (PERT) Chart
Related Solution: Seven Management and Planning Tools

Types of Flowcharts
A Flowchart is a graphically representation of the process, algorithm or the step-by-step solution of the problem. There are ten types of Flowcharts. Using the Flowcharts solution from the What is a Diagram area of ConceptDraw Solution Park you can easy and quickly design the Flowchart of any of these types.  Read more... →
Types of Flowcharts
Picture: Types of Flowcharts
Related Solution: Flowcharts

Compatibility: Apple® OS X 10.10 or later
Microsoft® Windows® 7/8.1/10

Price: ConceptDraw PRO US$199
 
Download ConceptDraw PRO
Free 21 Trial for Mac and PC
Buy Now
1 Diagram Software
Professional business graphics tool for drawing schemes, diagrams and illustrating business documentation
1 Mind Map Software
Excellent tool for Mind Mapping, Planning, Brainstorming, and Building Processes
1 Project Management Software
The full complement of features needed to successfully plan and execute projects, including task and resource management, reporting, and change control