Diagramming Software for Design
Business Process Diagrams
Design Elements: Swimlanes
Swimlanes are a visual mechanism of organizing and categorizing activities, in BPMN consist of two types:
- Pool: represents major participants in a process. A pool contains one or more lanes.
- Lane: used to organize and categorize activities within a pool according to function or role.
ConceptDraw has 142 vector stencils in the 8 libraries that helps you to start using software for designing own Business Process Diagrams. Use Swimlanes library with 20 objects from BPMN.
The Swimlanes library design elements provides a visual mechanism of organizing and categorizing activities in BPMN 2.0 diagrams.
Use Pool type Swimlane objects to show major participants in your business process.
Use Lane type Swimlane elements to visually organize and categorize activities in a pool by function or role.
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When thinking about data visualization, one of the first tools that comes to mind is a flowchart design. You can find flowchart symbols, shapes, stencils and icons easily on the Internet, but it might take time to systematize this information. Nevertheless, once you start flowcharting, you’ll love its simplicity and efficiency.
This diagram consists from standard flowchart symbols, approved by ANSI (American National Standard Institute) for drawing flowcharts. A flowchart is a diagram that represents a step-by-step algorithm of any process, displaying the process stages as boxes that are connected with arrows. Flowchart design makes it clear and readable.
Flowchart designed using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM flowchart software allows to make attractive and clear process presentation, it makes interpretation of the business process flow fresh and versatile. Great flowchart design view is a big advantage over the diagram created manually on a paper.
Picture: Flowchart design. Flowchart symbols, shapes, stencils and icons
The most worked out and commonly used methodology of business processes description is IDEF methodology. Besides business processes it allows to describe functional blocks, for example production and marketing. ConceptDraw lets creation of business processes description using IDEF0 and IDEF2 methods.
Picture: Business Processes
Diagramming is an astonishing way to visualize business processes. The list of the most common business process flowchart symbols is quite long starting from basic flowcharts, continuing with SIPOC diagrams. Business process modeling was never easier than now, with special ConceptDraw Business Process Mapping solution.
To carry out all professional standard requirements for business processes mapping, it is necessarily to follow the special graphical notations. ConceptDraw Business Process Mapping solution offers an exhaustive suite of tools to aid business process mapping. There are three vector libraries SIPOC Diagrams, Business Process Flowcharts, and Swim Lanes that contains totally more than 50 symbols of standard BPM notations. This is all that professionals need to effectively evaluate and manage quality in business processes.
Picture: Business Process Flowchart Symbols
This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software using the Cross-Functional Flowcharts solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
This sample shows the Swim Lanes Flowchart of Identification and logging.
Picture: Swim Lanes Flowchart. Flowchart Examples
Drawing workflow diagrams combines both creative and analytic practice. To be the most effective in this process you should find a software that suites this kind of practice. Using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software for drawing workflow diagrams you get support of features, libraries, templates and samples boosts you creativity and keep you focus on analytic practice, not drawing specifics.
Picture: Drawing Workflow Diagrams
The blueprints are the set of drawings used by architects and builders in the process of construction of the buildings. The blueprints represent the top views on the buildings (homes, offices, etc.). They are drawn in the scale and use the special blueprint symbols and blueprints codes. Earlier the blueprints wer printed on the special paper and was blue.
It's very easy, quick and convenient to draw the professional looking blueprints in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software.
Picture: Blueprint Software
Onion diagram is a type of circular diagram that consists of the core circle representing the product/solution and concentric circles around it, which dependent on the core and look like the cross sections of onion.
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software supplied with Stakeholder Onion Diagrams Solution from the Management Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park is an ideal software for effective Onion diagram process design.
Picture: Onion Diagram Process Design
While creating flowcharts and process flow diagrams, you should use special objects to define different statements, so anyone aware of flowcharts can get your scheme right. There is a short and an extended list of basic flowchart symbols and their meaning. Basic flowchart symbols include terminator objects, rectangles for describing steps of a process, diamonds representing appearing conditions and questions and parallelograms to show incoming data.
This diagram gives a general review of the standard symbols that are used when creating flowcharts and process flow diagrams. The practice of using a set of standard flowchart symbols was admitted in order to make flowcharts and other process flow diagrams created by any person properly understandable by other people. The flowchart symbols depict different kinds of actions and phases in a process. The sequence of the actions, and the relationships between them are shown by special lines and arrows. There are a large number of flowchart symbols. Which of them can be used in the particular diagram depends on its type. For instance, some symbols used in data flow diagrams usually are not used in the process flowcharts. Business process system use exactly these flowchart symbols.
Picture: Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning
A flowchart is a powerful tool for examining processes. It helps improving processes a lot, as it becomes much easier to communicate between involved people, to identify potential problems and to optimize workflow. There are flowcharts of different shapes, sizes and types of flowchart vary from quite basic process flowcharts to complex program flowcharts. Nevertheless, all these diagrams use the same set of special symbols like arrows to connect blocks, parallelogram to show data receiving or rectangles for showing process steps.
Basic flowcharts are used to represent a simple process algorithm. A basic flowchart notation consists of rectangles (business processes), arrows (the flow of information, documents, etc.). The same notation is used in items such as the "decision", which allow you to do the branching. To indicate the start of the entire business process and its termination can be used the "Terminator" element. The advantages of Basic Flowchart are simplicity and clarity. With it you can quickly describe the business process steps. Creating of Basic Flowchart does not require any special knowledge, as easily understand by employees with different levels of education and IQ.
Picture: Types of Flowchart - Overview