Swim Lanes Flowchart.
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This sample was created in ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software using the Cross-Functional Flowcharts solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.

Swim Lanes Flowchart. Identification and logging

Example 1. Swim Lanes Flowchart. Identification and logging

This example was redesigned from the Wikimedia Commons file [commons.wikimedia.org]

This sample shows the Swim Lanes Flowchart of Identification and logging. A swim lane is a visual element of the flowchart that detaches the subprocesses of a business process, so the processes and decisions are visually grouped between the swim lanes. The swim lanes represent the responsibilities for the subprocesses and also the delays and mistakes that can occur. The swim lanes can be arranged vertically or horizontally as in our example. The shapes represent the subprocesses and the arrows represent how the information is passed between them.

Using the ready-to-use predesigned objects, samples and templates from the Cross-Functional Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw PRO you can create your own professional looking Cross-Functional Flowcharts of any complexity quick and easy.

The Flowcharts produced with ConceptDraw PRO are vector graphic documents and are available for reviewing, modifying, and converting to a variety of formats (image, HTML, PDF file, MS PowerPoint Presentation, Adobe Flash or MS Visio).

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