What is a Flow Сhart
A Flow Chart is a type of diagram which visualizes a process, algorithm of a program or workflow. The steps / operations are represented as boxes of various types and are connected by arrows which show the flow of the process.
The Flow Chart is a very popular type of diagram, it is widely used for analyzing, designing, managing and visualizing the business and technical processes, various software algorithms.
But how to design a Flow Chart fast and easy? We recommend to use a powerful ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software extended with Flowcharts Solution from the "Diagrams" Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Example 1. Flow Chart - Food Security Assessment
Create a Flow Chart
The Flowcharts Solution offers 2 libraries with all commonly used shapes for drawing any Flow Chart you need. Below you can see them all, click on the preview to enlarge it.
All these objects are vector objects, you can resize them without loss of quality, change their color to make your flow chart diagram more interesting, bright and attractive.
To design your own Flow Chart in minutes, follow the next steps:
- drag the required shapes from the libraries,
- type the text inside the shapes,
- arrange the shapes and connect them with arrows.
Example 2. Flowcharts Solution in ConceptDraw STORE
You can also use the ready sample flow chart or template offered by Flowcharts solution in ConceptDraw STORE as the base or as the source of inspiration for your own Flow Chart.
Benefits of Flow Chart
The Flow Chart 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.
Example 3. Flow Сhart - Synthetic Object Construction
The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software using the flow chart symbols and shapes from the Flowcharts solution libraries. Each Flow Chart sample you see here is professionally looking and successfully demonstrates solution's capabilities and professional results you can achieve using it. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating each of these samples.
Use the Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software to create your own Flow Chart or Org Flow Chart of any complexity quick, easy and effective.
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.
EIGHT RELATED HOW TO's:
If you ever tried programming, you could face a lot of problems as a beginner. To help yourself, create a flowchart to follow an algorithm logic. Flowchart represents a program as a sequence of steps depicted in special symbols for each type of action.
This image of the interactive diagram made in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM applying the Live Objects technology. The diagram shows the effect of Selection Sort algorithm. The left part of the chart is the input area. The diagram in the central part of the drawing is a flow chart showing of the selection sort algorithm. The flowchart includes basic flowchart symbols, that represent various stages of algorithm. The flowchart symbols are connected with arrows ended lines, that depict the direction of the process flow. On the right side — the result is displayed.
This sample shows the Flowchart of the testing the work of the lamp and decision making about what to do to lamp will work.
Picture: Samples of Flowchart
Accounting flowchart is a system of processes to represent accounting system of an organization. How to create flowcharts for an accounting information system.
Picture: Accounting Flowchart: Purchasing, Receiving, Payable and Payment
Create your own Linux audit flowcharts using the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the Audit Flowcharts solution from the Finance and Accounting area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
This flowchart example describing auditd, the linux audit tool.
Picture: Linux Audit Flowchart Example. Flowchart Examples
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
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software provides the Telecommunication Network Diagrams Solution from the Computer and Networks Area for quick and easy drawing the Telecommunications Networks.
Picture: Telecommunications Networks
Structured-systems analysis and design method uses data flow diagrams to represent the process of data flowing through a system. Talking about this might be useless without a proper example of DFD for online store (Data Flow Diagram). This DFD example shows all the distinctness that a diagram can bring into a scattered data structure.
Data flow diagrams are used to show how data is processed within some business processes. Making DFD is a common practice for business process modeling and analysis. This diagram represents the online store business flow. It describes inputs and outputs within online selling process and depicts the interactions between its participants. This DF diagram can be used by system analysts to create an overview of a business, to study and discover its inherent strengths and weak points.
Picture: Example of DFD for Online Store (Data Flow Diagram)
A flowchart is a simple but very functional tool when it comes to understanding a workflow or to removing unnecessary stages from a process. When drawing flowcharts, keep in mind that there are four common types of flowcharts, like document flowcharts and data flowcharts that show control over a data or document flow over a system. To show controls on a physical level, use system flowcharts. In addition, to show controls in a program, you can draw a program flowchart.
This flowchart diagram represents the piece of an article editing process, that involves the author and editor. It was created using the Basic Flowchart notation that consists from the basic flowchart symbols. The start and the end of the process are indicated with "Terminator" symbols. The "Process" symbols show the action steps consisting from making edits and searching for a compromise, when the author does not agree with the suggestions of the editor. The "Process" symbol is the general symbol in process flowcharts. The "Decision" symbol indicates a branching in the process flow. There are two branches indicated by a Decision shape in the current flowchart (Yes/No, Disagree/Agree). This basic flowchart can be used as a repeating unit in the workflow diagram describing the working process of some editorial office.
Picture: Types of Flowcharts