There are a wide variety of flowchart types. Here are just a few of
the more commonly used ones.
- Swimlane flowcharts
- Data flow diagrams
- Influence diagrams
- Workflow diagrams
- Process flow diagrams
- Yes/no flowcharts
- Decision flows
Flowcharts were originally used by industrial engineers to structure
work processes such as assembly line manufacturing.
Today, flowcharts are used for a variety of purposes in manufacturing, architecture, engineering, business, technology, education, science, medicine, government, administration and many other disciplines.
Here are some of the ways flowcharts are used today.
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- Project planning
- Program or system design through flowchart programming
- Process documentation
- Audit a process for inefficiencies or malfunctions
- Map computer algorithms
- Documenting workflow