Flowcharts Types and Uses
One of the first things to ask when making a flowchart is, "what is its purpose?" The answer to this question will help you create the type of flowchart that best suits your needs.
Some of the common uses of flowcharts include:
- Planning a new project
- Documenting a process
- Modeling a business process
- Managing workflow
- Auditing a process
- Mapping computer algorithms
- Data management
- Chemical and process engineering
Once the use of the flowchart is known, the next step is to select the best type of diagram to represent it. This could be a basic flowchart, a swimlane flowchart, a value stream map, or any of several other types.
Here are brief summaries of the common uses of flowcharts and types of diagrams typically associated with them.