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SSADM

Structured Systems Analysis Design Method, or SSADM, is a style of diagram used to show a system or process. It uses a specific set of symbols that show external and internal entities, data storage, data flow, and transitions between various stages. It is usually made in a "waterfall" format, meaning that each step leads down the page gradually.

SSADM
Typical Uses

SSADM diagrams are very useful when trying to lay out a process for a specific company or system. There are a variety of symbols which makes it easy to tailor any diagram to your specific needs.

Best Practices
  • Start the diagram. Define the start point of the process or system to be visualized and place it inside a rounded rectangle at the center of the top of the page. Creating the Workflow Diagram can be made quick and easy using the template offered by SmartDraw.
  • Add symbols. Place another shape below the start point, connecting them with an arrow to show the flow. Continue this until the entire workflow has been illustrated. In some cases, it may loop back to the start point.
  • Add connectors. Consult with all stakeholders to verify accuracy.
  • Continue the diagram. Place another shape below the start point, connecting them with an arrow to show the flow. Continue this until the entire workflow has been illustrated. In some cases, it may loop back to the start point.
  • Verify accuracy. Consult with all stakeholders to verify accuracy.

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