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What is a Flowchart

A flowchart is a type of diagram which visually represents an algorithm, workflow or process. Flowcharts can depict a process of any complexity and length. In practice, flowcharts are most commonly used to illustrate business processes and represent the logic of computer programs. They are also used in education and business scenarios where it is necessary to represent a process in a clear and intuitive format.

A flowchart is made up of different object blocks which represent various states of a process. Some objects may represent actions, while others represent various exchanges of a process, depending on its current state.

Flowchart - Selection Sorting Method

Example 1. Flowchart — Selection Sorting Method

The flowchart commonly uses the following objects:

  • Rectangle or box is a most often used symbol, it represents an activity or a step;
  • Rounded box or oval usually contains the word "Start" or "End";
  • Diamond is used to represent the decision point, it usually involves the branching yes/no;
  • Circle is used to represent the point of connection the flowchart to another process;
  • Parallelogram represents the Input/Output.

Object blocks are usually connected by arrows to demonstrate the process flow. One object may be connected to multiple objects from various directions.

Flowchart bloks

If an object presents several actions for different decisions or conditions within the process, the outgoing arrows are labeled with comments. The most common are the Yes/No blocks, although other types of conditional blocks are used to illustrate complex decisions.

Certain processes within a business include operations that run in a loop. In this case an object block must contain a loop end condition.

Flowchart Connection

Benefits of Flowchart

The Flowchart has a wide set of benefits:

  • gives a clear documentation of a process;
  • allows to define and offers common understanding of processes;
  • helps to build a process visual representation for analysis, discussion, and communication;
  • allows to identify the scope of the process;
  • allows to trace and analyze the process steps;
  • helps to standardize and find areas for monitoring, improvement and increased efficiency in a process;
  • allows to find and detach the steps of the process that are not essential;
  • helps in understanding the logic of complex problems;
  • offers a guidance for managers overseeing operations;
  • facilitates communication between programmers and business people;
  • helps programmers to write the programs of any complexity and on the any high level language;
  • helps in debugging process and provides efficient program maintenance;
  • helps to understand and explain to other people the logic of the complex problems and their solution;
  • assists to improve teamwork effectiveness.

Flowchart Software

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a powerful flowchart software thanks to the Flowcharts Solution from the "Diagrams" Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park and its set of useful tools which will help to make easier depicting your business processes, flowchart processes and creating professional Flowchart Diagrams of any complexity.

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Example 2. Flowchart in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM (Mac OS X™ and Windows™)

The Flowcharts Solution provides the extensive Flowchart and Flowcharts Rapid Draw libraries of ready-made symbols and blocks.

The Flowcharts Solution provides also ready-to-use template which can be filled in a few minutes, and numerous collection of predesigned samples and examples of flowchart diagrams of various types, such as flowchart process diagram, business process flow chart, data flow chart, org flow chart, program flow chart, technical flow chart, flowchart procedure, online flowchart, and many other types.

All samples and template included in Flowcharts Solution are available for viewing and editing from ConceptDraw STORE.

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Example 3. Flowchart — Website Login and Registration Process

This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM flowcharting software using the tools of Flowcharts Solution from the "Diagrams" Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. It shows the detailed flowchart for the process of website login and registration. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

Use the Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software to create your own Flowchart of any complexity quick and easy.

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 STORE. The Flowcharts Solution is available for all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM or later users.


Flowcharting Software →

Creating a flowchart that is known to be a type of diagram that represents some algorithm, some process or some workflow may be a challenge for those who never had any experience in doing it before. Having such useful tool as the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software it is possible, but once there is an opportunity to use a relatively new Flowcharts solution from the ConceptDraw STORE application, then it would worth to take it.Flowcharting Software *
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The Total Quality Management Diagram solution helps your organization visualize business and industrial processes. Create Total Quality Management diagrams for business process with ConceptDraw software.Definition TQM Diagram *
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UML Flowchart Symbols →

The UML diagram is a powerful tool which lets visually represent all system's components, the interactions between them and relationships with external user interface. The Rapid UML solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software offers diversity of UML flowchart symbols for drawing all types of UML diagrams.UML Flowchart Symbols *
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The ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a best flow chart tool for the job. The samples and templates included in the basic set allows users to draw any type of a flowchart. The vector stencils created by designers give ability to draw great-looking flowchart. Flowcharts give to users the ability to represent structural data visually.Use the Best FlowChart Tool for the Job *
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In order to be successful, you have to promote your business on the market. One of the ways for planning this promotion is to create a social media DFD Flowchart which will contain all the details of your business strategy. Social media is a very influential tool, and it's a mistake to ignore it. The following flowchart represents a best way to estimate social media posts, and gives a strategy of responses. This flowchart is designed in the format of cross-functional flowchart. With this format, we can divide the process into three distinct phases. This approach helps to generate well-considered and balanced response on social networks activities. Using ConceptDraw solution for Social Media Response, your reaction to social media posts will positively mirror the values and mission of your business.How to Create a Social Media DFD Flowchart *
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This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software using the UML Class Diagram library of the Rapid UML Solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park. This sample shows the transport protocol mappings for SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), the classes of the transport system and relationships between them and is used in IP network.UML Class Diagram Example for Transport System *
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Data Flow Diagram Software →

When studying a business process or system that involves the transfer of data, it is common to use a Data Flow Diagram (DFD) to visualize how that data are processed. Being initially used exclusively in regards to the flow of data through a computer system, now DFDs are employed as the business modeling tools, for describing business events and interactions, or physical systems involving data storage and transfer. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a powerful Data Flow Diagram software thanks to the Data Flow Diagrams solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.Data Flow Diagram Software *
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Flowchart Maker →

A flowchart maker is a software showing the interaction, sequence or organization. It also known as flowchart maker or ConceptDraw DIAGRAM standard supplied with different types of symbol collections: standard symbols, branded set and authored. It used strictly for enhancing scientific or business documents with abstract explanatory pictures. Business graphic applications show a special knowledge representations and include many features for creating schematic pictures. These graphic tools are known as flowchart maker or flowchart maker software.Flowchart Maker *
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The most easier way of creating the visually engaging and informative Sales Process Flowchart is to create the new ConceptDraw document and to use the predesigned vector symbols offered in 6 libraries of the Sales Flowchart Solution. There are more than six types of sales process flow diagrams, ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software is flowchart maker which include six collections of extended flowchart symbols for effective diagramming. There are main collections of color coded flowchart symbols: Sales Department, Sales Steps, Sales Workflow, Sales Symbols and special set of Sales Arrows and Sales Flowchart.Sales Process Flowchart Symbols *
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