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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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