SmartDraw is the easiest way to create swim lane diagrams and other flowcharts, using our automated diagram templates and symbols. In just minutes, you can create professional-looking results that can be exported with a single click to all of your documents including Microsoft Office® and PDF. Simply add information about your process into the starter template, and our swim lane software does the rest, aligning everything automatically and applying custom design themes for presentation-quality results every time.
A swim lane diagram is a type of flowchart, where certain tasks or steps are kept in lanes (or columns) grouping them together.
Swim lanes (also commonly referred to as swimlanes) help visualize stages, employees, departments, or any other set of separated categories. Otherwise, a swim lane diagram serves the same purpose as a regular flowchart and shows you the relationship between steps in a process.
By visualizing the process, a swim lane diagram, much like a flowchart, can quickly help identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies where the process can be streamlined or improved.