Flowcharts

Many professionals are required to solve problems every day. The design of a process algorithm contributes to a better understanding when there is a problem in a process, or there is a need to determine how a process can be improved. A flowchart is a graphical tool that is useful for breaking down a process, it identifies the key elements of the process and separates any steps which are unessential or extreme.

A flowchart is a diagram that depicts in an intuitive and clear format the structure of process, procedure, workflow, or step-by-step progression using connecting lines and a set of conventional flowchart symbols.

Flowcharts have one or more starting and ending points represented by ovals or rounded rectangles and they are identified by the words "Start" or "End". All steps in a flowchart are shown as specific shapes (flow chart symbols), and the process flow is presented through arrows that connect the objects.

Flowchart diagrams are widely used for designing, documenting, analyzing and managing the complex processes, and programs in various fields such as education, business, software development, analytics, engineering, architecture, science, manufacturing, and administration.

The Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO is a comprehensive set of examples and samples in several different color themes for professionals that need to graphically represent a process. Solution value is added by basic flow chart template and shapes' library of Flowchart notation. ConceptDraw PRO flow chart creator lets one depict a processes of any complexity and length, as well design of the flowchart either vertically or horizontally.


There are 3 libraries containing 113 vector objects in the Flowcharts solution.

Design Elements — Flowcharts Rapid Draw

Design Elements — Flowcharts Rapid Draw

Design Elements — Flowcharts Rapid Draw (Swimlane Flowcharts)

Design Elements — Flowcharts Rapid Draw (Swimlane Flowcharts)

Design Elements — Flowcharts

Design Elements — Flowcharts

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Flowcharts Solution; they demonstrate a portion of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.

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, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Flowcharts Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Flowchart — Invoice Payment Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

An invoice or a bill is a type of commercial document the seller provides for the buyer together with purchase after the fact of sale transaction or before purchase with indication the payment terms. It contains the full information about the products bought by the customer, their titles, article numbers, quantities, prices on the moment of sale, and discount if it was offered. The use of ready ConceptDraw process, decision, terminator and other vector objects, as well as ConceptDraw connectors to create a Flowchart diagram is an intuitive and time-saving solution. This sample describes an invoice payment approval process. The diamond objects represent the decision points with questions that need an answer "yes" or "no". The answer uniquely determines the next step at the process flow, thus if an invoice doesn’t meet requirements, it is returned to the supplier, otherwise the process continues; if all required information and approvals are included, an invoice is placed to the payment queue and then processed, and so on.

Flowchart — Invoice Payment Process

Example 2: Flowchart — Product Life Cycle Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

This flowchart sample provides a structure for a business analysis that identifies a set of common stages in the life of a commercial product. The product life cycle lets to reveal the set of common stages at the life of different commercial products. So, it allows to represent the product's lifespan and the stages through which the given product goes during its lifespan, beginning from the time when it was thought and until the moment of its elimination from the industry. Typically, there are identified four stages of a product's life cycle: introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. This diagram is visually divided by blocks that describe the life cycle phases: Proposal and Initial phase, Project Management phase, Operations and Production phase. It is a common way to separate visually the information. For easier reading of the process definition each kind of object has not only its own generally accepted form, but also its own color.

Flowchart — Product Life Cycle Process

Example 3: Flowchart — Selection Sorting Method

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

The Flowcharts are convenient and widely used for describing different kinds of mathematical and computer science algorithms. The algorithm is a sequence of actions, which strict implementation leads to the solution of a given problem. The algorithms are used for the data processing, calculation, and automated reasoning. This sample shows the flowchart of the Selection sorting method and results of its application. The selection sorting method is an algorithm of ordering the elements at the list, it lets to put the elements of a list in a defined order, typically are sorted numeric and lexicographical data. This Flowchart diagram describes the step-by-step procedure for calculations starting from the initial state to the final state. At the left side is represented the input array - five numbers placed in random order, and at the right side you can see the final result - sorted array of these numbers in order of increasing.

Flowchart — Selection Sorting Method

Example 4: Flowchart — Food Security Assessment

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows the flowchart of a food security assessment and was drawn on the base of illustration for the article "Climate change impact on China food security in 2050" from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences website. The food security is the set of conditions providing for all people the permanent physical and economic access to the food at any time and in quantity sufficient to meet their individual food needs, and allowing them to lead healthy and active lifestyle. The significant changes of climate and extreme natural phenomena negatively influence on the agricultural sector and consequently on the food security. Each flowchart symbol you see on this example has its own application, shape, and color. You can see a legend, which is an integral attribute of many flowcharts, including this one, it helps to clarify the purposes and meaning of all kinds of symbols used on a given flowchart.

Flowchart — Food Security Assessment

Example 5: Cross-functional Flowchart Stages of Personnel Certification

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample diagram shows the common scheme depicting the stages of the personnel certification process. The personnel certification is a certification issued for the person in result of defined set of executed actions, which confirms and assures its qualification to perform some job or task. The certification is typically carried out within a specific system and according to the chosen scheme. This Cross-functional flowchart includes three stages: preparatory stage, certification stage and final stage, which are actual for certification in any field of personnel activity. Each stage contains the chain of process steps that need to be executed. For additional clarity, the part of diagram corresponding for each stage is uniquely colored and the objects belonging to varied stages also differ by color filling. The similar diagrams can be considered as simple and clear instructions represented in a visual and clear form, easy for perception and comprehension by each person.

Cross-functional Flowchart Stages of Personnel Certification

Example 6: Cross-functional Flowchart — Order Processing

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This Cross-functional flowchart demonstrates the order processing. The order processing is the main step of order fulfillment, it is a process or a work flow that includes the precise picking of items according to the order, their packing, as well as delivery of the packed order to a shipping carrier. The ordering process is executed by the distribution centers and can slightly differ from the company to company, because each distribution center has its own unique priorities and requirements, and so the order process can contain some additional operational procedures determined by specific factors. This diagram is a vertically arranged Cross-functional flowchart designed in vivid color gamma. It is no matter for ConceptDraw PRO application, what flowchart you are going to draw -vertically or horizontally arranged, it offers you the complete set of drawing tools and ready-made vector objects for designing diagrams of any of these two types for your own choice.

Cross-functional Flowchart — Order Processing

Example 7: Flowchart — Import Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample describes the import process using the flowchart. Import is a delivering of purchased foreign goods and technologies to the country across the border with compliance of legislative standards, with a goal of its realization and application within domestic market or transit to the third country. The international trade helps countries to expand production and to ensure delivery of products, the manufacturing of which at the importer's country is impossible or inefficient. The process of importing goods is a very important process at the life of society, it is governed by the laws and assumes the conclusion of international contracts or trade agreements between the importing and exporting jurisdictions. The volume of imported goods depends directly on the country's foreign exchange resources, as well as revenue from the export of goods. The import to the receiving country is at the same time the export from the sending country. On the importing as well as exporting goods are usually set defined custom taxes and quotas.

Flowchart — Import Process

Example 8: Cross-functional Flowchart — Credit Approval Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This vertical Cross-functional flowchart example illustrates the credit approval process. The credit is a well-known term in commercial trade, which indicates the delayed payments for purchased goods and determines the terms of payment. Typically, the credit is offered at the compliance the set of clearly defined conditions, such as the person's financial stability, availability of a certain packet of documents, etc. The arrow's direction shows the order of execution the functions in a process. The process depicted on this diagram was drawn from the top down, that is a commonly used direction, the presence of return to the previous function is also acceptable on Cross-functional flowcharts. You can observe four swim lanes on this diagram, which titles are indicated at the top of flowchart: Customer, Sales, Management, and Credit Department. The swim lanes provide an extra dimension allowing to place each process step to specific category, in fact what has been done on this diagram.

Cross-functional Flowchart — Credit Approval Process

Example 9: Flowchart — Planning Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample flow chart depicts consistently all steps of the project planning process and is read from the top down in direction that is indicated with arrows. The project planning is one of the major part of the project management and there are many tools allowing to help project managers in planning projects, as well as managing them. Among them are flowcharts, which let display the flow of actions necessary to be executed to achieve the main goal or to meet a particular task. The use of various types of diagrams and flowcharts lets to plan in details the stages of project implementation and to represent them clearly, as well as to visualize the project state on the stage of implementation, to report the project progress and results in a visual form. Made using a single color, this flowchart however is very bright and eye-catching due to the use of yellow, which is famous as winnable in most cases.

Flowchart — Planning Process

Example 10: Flowchart — Project Management Life Cycle

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This Flowchart example shows the project management life cycle. It attracts attention by its clarity of presentation the information, at simple and at the same time informative form. The project management is an extensive and widespread field for studying and analysis. At this, the management of each specific project is an individual process with its specifics and is realized according to the individual concept. We can observe the processes at the different fields and knowledge areas related with a project management, such as Project Quality Management, Project Integration Management, Project Cost Management, Project Time Management, Project Scope Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Risk Management, Project Stakeholders Management, Project Communications Management, Project Procurement Management. The processes at all these areas are executed with a goal of achievement effective project management programs. There are allocated five process groups, which include 47 known project processes, these groups are: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

Flowchart — Project Management Life Cycle

Example 11: Flowchart — Website Launch

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This Flowchart sample shows the website launch. A website typically has complex structure and is hosted on a web server available via Internet or a private local area network. As for the website structure, it is composed from the set of related web pages represented as text written according to the formatting instructions of HTML. The pages are organized in a hierarchy, have own web addresses (URLs) and are accessed with HTTP protocol. This flowchart represents all stages of website launch, regardless the complexity of its internal structure, beginning from the domain registration, solution the questions related with server and hosting, creation the site prototype, carrying assurance and testing, and ending by the final site launch. You can also see detailed filling of each of these stages, i.e. the steps and actions that need to be performed on each stage. The color separation of phases on this diagram helps to construct a clear structure, to improve its perception and to define the boundaries of each stage at a glance.

Flowchart — Website Launch

Example 12: Flowchart — Synthetic Object Construction

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample designed with help of ready-made vector objects from the libraries of Flowcharts solution for ConceptDraw Solution Park, demonstrates the planning scheme for the construction of a synthetic object. The Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the use of the computer graphics for creation the illustrations and images for different kinds of art, video games, films, printed media, television programs, commercials, simulators, for creation scenes and special effects in films and television programs, and so on. The represented visual scenes can be as two-dimensional (2D) as three-dimensional (3D), they can be also static or dynamic. This is a quite complex flowchart with great number of objects and a lot of decisions on the way across the flowchart, when you need to make the quick and simple choice "yes" or "no" before going further. The visual color division of objects on this flowchart helps to see the type of object with one fleeting look.

Flowchart — Synthetic Object Construction

Example 13: Flowchart — Human Resource Management Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Flowcharts Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This Flowchart example is dedicated to the representation the principles of a Human resource management (HRM) process. The HRM is a management process of the enterprise's staffing, directed on the attraction and selection the qualitative staff, assessment, training, as well as rewarding of employees and retaining the valuable professionals. Among others, it includes the overseeing for the compliance with employment and labor laws. The Human resource management is an important process for any enterprise, it greatly influences on the company's staff composition and ultimately on the improvement a work productivity and enterprise's success. It is a field of activity, which requires knowledge, good training and great experience in a field of economics, management and also psychology. The HR managers use the set of specially developed methods at their work and individually selected methods for each specific case help them to do their work efficiently and to move at the right direction.

Flowchart — Human Resource Management Process

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Flowchart Solution for Microsoft Windows and macOS

What I Need to Get Started

ConceptDraw PRO and the “Flowcharts” solution, found in the What is a Diagram area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw PRO Next, install the “Flowcharts” solution using ConceptDraw STORE.

Flowchart Solution - Install

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Flowcharts

A flowchart can take any process and distil it into a series of actions or decisions; it is a versatile and simple form of diagram that can be used to describe situations in any field, and is easily understood by everyone. They are used frequently in business to document workflows from all areas of a company - they can show accounting purchase orders, human resource recruitment strategy, or a product life cycle.

Flowchart - Product Life Cycle Process

Fig 1. Flowchart — Product life cycle process

What makes a flowchart so widely used and readily understood is the use of standardized symbols that retain the same meaning whatever process they are describing. They always start and end with a Terminal, an oval shape containing the appropriate text. A diamond shows that a Decision is necessary, often yes/no or true/false, while an Action is shown as a rectangle, containing text describing what happens. Other flowcharting symbols add contextual layers to specific process flow diagrams, with icons that represent punch card inputs, disk storage, and manual operations.

As more of business has become reliant on computer systems, there has been a need to use flowcharting to map data flow diagrams. Symbols known as data-flow extensions exist for this exact function, that allow Documents, Manual operations, Manual inputs, and Data files to be added to a data flow chart.

Fig 2. Flowcharts design elements

With these building blocks, it is possible to create flowcharts that describe work process flows from all divisions of a company. Different types of process flow diagrams exist to reflect the different ways in which data and resources interact within each area of a business. Here are some examples of the types of flow diagrams in common use:

  • Data-flow diagrams — these diagrams can show the interaction between a system and external agents, or show the flow of data within that system. They are used to visualize how a system will operate, how it can be implemented, and what effect data input will have on the system as a whole.

    DFD Process of account receivable

    Fig 3. DFD Process of account receivable

  • Functional flow diagrams — these are used to map a multi-tiered, time sequenced process. They show a workflow as a series of levels, with each step of the top level process expanded into it's own list of functions that represent the 2nd tier of the process. This can be repeated for as many tiers as is necessary.
  • Algorithm charts — the binary nature of decision making on a process flowchart means they are an ideal medium for mapping computer algorithms. The flowchart symbols are used to graphically represent a step-by-step set of operations to be performed, and the rules by which they are defined.
  • Activity diagrams — this type of diagram is used extensively as an example of Unified Modeling Language, used by software engineers as a standard way of visualizing the design of a system. Activity diagrams differ from normal flowcharts primarily by being able to show the start and end of concurrent activities, using a specific Join or Split symbol.
  • Cross-functional flowcharts — this type of flowchart is constructed as a matrix, arranged into 'swimlanes' that denote different stakeholders or departments. It shows each individuals activities, and how the work flow crosses departments to form a complete process.

    Swimlane Process Mapping Diagram — Payroll Process

    Fig 4. Swimlane Process Mapping Diagram — Payroll Process

Flowchart solutions from ConceptDraw

For years ConceptDraw has been delivering high quality business process flow design solutions, turning ConceptDraw PRO into one of the most comprehensive and powerful examples of flowcharting software available. Solutions have been tailor made to apply to numerous departments and stakeholders within a company, while ConceptDraw specialize in professionally drawn vector stencil graphics of both standardized flowchart notation, as well as a large selection of themed icons and design elements.

Here are some of the flowcharting solutions for ConceptDraw PRO , and examples of process flow charts that have been created using them:

  • HR Flowcharts — libraries of icons relating to human resources allow HR staff to illustrate workflows in that field, such as the recruitment process, staff training, or health and safety initiatives.

    Human Resource Development — Onboarding Model

    Fig 5. Human Resource Development — Onboarding Model

  • Accounting Flowcharts — the set of symbols found in this solution give accountants the tools they need to describe purchase orders, payments, or procurement processes.
  • Sales Flowcharts — Sales workflows can cover interaction between customer and business, or an internal sales process needed to be performed by workers.

    Sales Flowchart — Global Payment Solutions

    Fig 6. Sales Flowchart — Global Payment Solutions

  • Audit Flowcharts — this solution contains extra symbols to help illustrate the steps needed to prepare and implement the audit process.
  • Cross-Functional Flowcharts — As mentioned previously, this type of flowchart drawing is divided into 'swimlanes'. It needs special notation to signify the relationship between these divisions, which can be found in this solution.
  • Business Process Diagram — this solution contains design elements for Business Process Model Notation (BPMN) v2, which is an extension of the standard flowchart notation, and allows users to present complex process semantics and more precise information for any given step.

    BPMN 2.0 — diagram logistics

    Fig 7. BPMN 2.0 — diagram logistics

  • IDEF0 Diagrams — IDEF0 is the modeling language used to create flowcharts specifically for the analysis of computer system software, or software engineering. This solution from ConceptDraw contains the necessary connecting arrows and callouts.
  • Flowcharts — the base flowchart solution for ConceptDraw PRO has a large library of all common flowcharting symbols.

These are just some of the vast array of online business process diagramming solutions that can be found in ConceptDraw Solution Park, on the ConceptDraw website. By using flowcharts, you can map unique company processes at all levels and across all departments, transmit information to important stakeholders, or use your flowchart as part of a presentation - so it is important to have a piece of software powerful and dynamic enough to cater for all flowcharting needs. Combining these solutions with ConceptDraw PRO gives users all the tools they need to create effective and professional flowchart designs.