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Types of Flowchart - Overview

ConceptDraw defines some flowchart types, divided into ten categories.
Every flowchart type has specific shapes and examples.

There are a plenty of flowchart applications in almost every imaginable field from business processes to cooking recipes. In addition, there are many special software tools, such as ConceptDraw Pro, using which you can create flowcharts easy and fast, which is a great advantage since you can spend your time more efficiently. When describing a process, or writing a manual, you should try just for once, not to write a long paragraph of complicated text, but to draw an illustrative diagram, which can be more explanative. There are a few tips, which help to create understandable flowcharts. First, you need to keep in mind that flowcharts have to be easy to follow, so order your shapes in logical order and use unambiguous instructions. Choose one direction for the flow of the elements on your diagram: from left to right, or from the top of the document to the bottom. If your flowchart gets complex, use connectors to reduce the quantity of flow lines. You can also add a circular node and move a part of the flowchart to the next page to make your diagram look more tidy. Remember, the more neat and orderly your flowchart is, the more users will thank you for that. To avoid a visual mess, keep three things in your mind: scale, proportion and space. Save an equal space around the elements of your flowcharts, so that your document would be easy to read. Keep the size of the objects proportional to the text written in them and to the rest of the objects in the flowchart. Be sure to use appropriate symbols for different cases to avoid mistakes and inconveniences. To have an easy start with developing flowcharts, take a look on examples listed below.


Types of Flowchart

Should a business or government agency need to show a solution model for a some purpose of their activity, a resulting diagram will take the form of a flowchart. They are an irreplaceable tool when charting a business process — they give you the opportunity to picture and understand the process, and serve to highlight any issues or bottlenecks that might cause threats in the workflow.


Basic Flowchart
Business Process Modeling Notation
Cross Functional Horizontal
Cross Functional Vertical
Data Flow Diagram
IDEF Diagram
Hidhlight Flowchart
List and process
Work Flow Diagram

Basic Flowchart is often used to define and document basic work and data flows, financial, production and quality management processes to increase efficiency of you business.

Basic flowchart example

Business Process Modeling Diagram is a graphical representation for specifying business processes in a workflow.

Process Flowchart is also known as the system flow diagram or SFD. The main reason of using process flowchart is to show the relation between major parts of the system. A Process Flow Diagram may present a range of symbols that represent different appliances.

Process Flowchart

Cross Functional Flowchart is often used to show the relationship between a business process and the functional units (such as departments) responsible for that process.

Cross-functional flowchart example

Procedure Flowchart involves creating a flow chart model that illustrates and analyzes the overall flow of activities in producing a product or service.

Procedure Flowchart

Data Flow Diagram is a significant modeling technique for analyzing and constructing information processes.

Data Flow Diagram

IDEF Flowchart is used to apply structured methods to better understand how to improve manufacturing productivity.

IDEF Flowchart

IDEF2 is often used to represent the time varying behavior of resources in a manufacturing system, providing a framework for specification of math model based simulations.

List is used to draw commonly used list, block list, picture list and table list.

Process is used to show a progression or sequential steps in a task, process, or workflow.

Stages of personnel certification flowchart

SDL Diagram is widely used to model state machines in the telecommunications, aviation, automotive and medical industries.

SDL Diagram

Document Flowchart is commonly used to trace the movement of a document, such as internal memos, payroll information and interoffice mail, through a system.

Program Flowchart is a graphic representation of an algorithm, often used in the design phase of programming to work out the logical flow of a program. It demonstrates how a program works within a system.

Program Flowchart

Workflow Diagram is use to create diagrams of information flow, business process automation, business process re-engineering, accounting, management, and human resources tasks.

Workflow diagram example - Taxi service

is a mechanism to improve cycle times and productivity by visually separating value-adding from non-value-adding activities.

SDL DiagramValue Stream Mapping

System Flowchart help understand how complex systems work. Systems analyzed may be anything from businesses, through biological population models, to the impact of social policy, etc.

Highlight Flowchart is used to create good looking style flowcharts.

Sales Flowchart allows to draw a sales process.

Land Sales Process Flowchart

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Flowchart of Products. Flowchart Examples →

This sample shows the Flowchart of the Sustainment and Disposal. A Flowchart is a graphically representation of the process that step-by-step lead to the solution the problem. The geometric figures on the Flowchart represent the steps of the process and are connected with arrows that show the sequence of the actions. The Flowcharts are widely used in engineering, architecture, science, analytics, government, politics, business, marketing, manufacturing, administration, etc.Flowchart of Products.  <br>Flowchart Examples *
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Basic Diagramming →

The behavior of worker in organization is influences organizational effectiveness. A simple block diagram made with ConceptDraw Block diagrams solution can improve the understanding of expectations of workers regarding what they l contribute to organization and what they wait to obtain. Making block diagram depicting the individual behavior in organization is used in HR management to obtain an optimal and positive overall contribution to the organization. The behavior of worker in organization is influences organizational effectiveness. A simple block diagram made with ConceptDraw Block diagrams solution can improve the understanding of expectations of workers regarding what they l contribute to organization and what they wait to obtain. Making block diagram depicting the individual behavior in organization is used in HR management to obtain an optimal and positive overall contribution to the organization.Basic Diagramming *
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Formalization and Verification of Event-driven Process chain →

EPC or The Event - driven Process Chain diagrams that provide Enterprise Resource Planning improvement. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM - software that reduces the time needed to create a business process model.Formalization and Verification of Event-driven Process chain *
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Processing Flow Chart →

Processing Flow Chart is a simplified sketch which is used in chemical and process engineering for illustrating general plant streams, major equipments and key control loops.

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Workflow Diagram Template →

Starting producing workflow diagram from template you save time and avoid the blank page syndrome. At first, the workflow template is set of rules for a workflow. The workflow symbols used in the specific case are part of workflow template. This is the subset of large standard collections of workflow symbols. The first part of workflow template is identification of symbols allowed in use in your specific case. The best way would be to collect them in your customized drawing collection of workflow symbols which used in your specific cases of workflow diagrams. Another way to create business process documents is using business process flow diagram which have similar purposes and have different visual notation. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is professional workflow diagram software with the rich extentions from ConceptDraw Solution Park. The basic solution for workflow diagramming is Workflow Diagrams Solution. It delivers a rich set of workflow diagram templates and samples help you draw diagrams eWorkflow Diagram Template *
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Total Quality Management Value →

The Total Quality Management Diagram solution helps you and your organization visualize business and industrial processes. Create Total Quality Management diagrams for business process with ConceptDraw software.Total Quality Management Value *
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Recruitment →

Recruitment refers to the overall process of attracting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates for jobs within an organization. The recruitment process often requires design and use of various HR flowcharts, diagrams, attractive illustrations. Never before their creation wasn’t so easy as now with HR Flowcharts Solution from the Management Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.Recruitment *
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Bubble diagrams solution extends ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software with templates, Using ConceptDraw Connectors, you can create a bubble chart in moments. Using ConceptDraw you will be able to create a bubble chart from the ready ConceptDraw library objects or make your own objects. The created diagram can represent ideas organization, in brainstorming processes, by teachers for explaining difficult ideas or for presentations.How To Create a Bubble Chart *
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IDEF0 Diagram →

The vector stencils library IDEF0 Diagram from the solution IDEF0 Diagrams contains specific IDEF0 diagram symbols such as arrow symbols and entity symbols for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software. The IDEF0 Diagram solution is contained in the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.IDEF0 Diagram *
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Definition TQM Diagram →

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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