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.
TEN RELATED HOW TO's:
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
There are numerous articles about the advantages of flowcharting, creating business graphics and developing different charts. Nevertheless, these articles are almost useless without the main component - the examples of flowcharts, org charts and without a fine example, it is difficult to get all the conveniences of creating diagrams. You can find tons of templates and vivid examples on Solution Park.
This illustration shows a variety of business diagrams that can be created using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM. It comprises a different fields of business activities: management, marketing, networking, software and database development along with design of infographics and business illustrations. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM provides a huge set of sample drawings including business process modeling diagrams,, network diagrams, UML diagrams, orgcharts, DFD, flowcharts, ERD, geographical maps and more.
Picture: Examples of Flowcharts, Org Charts and More
In ConceptDraw DIAGRAM it really is sp simple to draw even the most complex cross-functional flowcharts. Use the RapidDraw technology and Cross-Functional libraries in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM for the best results.
Picture: How to Simplify Flow Charting — Cross-functional Flowchart
There are many tools to manage a process or to illustrate an algorithm or a workflow. Flowcharting is one of those tools. However, it may be difficult to show complex processes that require multiple attributes or several people in a simple flowchart, so a cross-functional flowchart would be a solution for that situation. To create such flowchart, group processes and steps to labeled rows or columns, and divide those groups with horizontal or vertical parallel lines. It is worth mentioning that there are different types of cross-functional flowcharts, like opportunity or deployment flowchart.
This diagram shows a cross-functional flowchart that was made for a trading process. It contains 14 processes, distributed through 5 lines depicting the participants who interact with the process. Also there are connectors that show the data flow of information between processes. The cross-functional flowchart displays a detailed model of the trading process, as well as all participants in the process and how they interact with each other. The lines in the flowchart indicates the position, department and role of the trading process participants.
Picture: Cross-Functional Flowchart
Times when you had difficulties in searching for an appropriate software depending on your OS, had passed. If you still look for a great software to create flowcharts on Mac, here is the answer. ConceptDraw Pro is a great tool for creating diagrams, with tons of samples, libraries and tutorials.
Making flowchart diagram is the best way to represent a process as a sequence of steps. Flowcharting provides a simple way of organizing and representing data so that even complex and detailed processes become clear. That is why using a flowchart software tool is proven to be an ideal for structure and share an information on process workflow structure. This flow chart was created to depict the steps of certification process. This flow chart was created using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software for Apple OS X. The Rapid Draw technology was used to create this flow chart. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM also supports popular Apple OS X features such as Quick Look, Full-Screen Mode, Version Browsing and Autosave. You can export your multi-page diagrams to SVG or graphic formats such as TIFF, JPEG, PNG and PDF.
Picture: Create Flow Chart on Mac