Help your team see the big picture with a Process Flow
Process maps and flowcharts visualize the sequential steps of a complex process – illustrating how the elements fit together.
The flow diagram was pioneered in the 1920s by efficiency experts Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and quickly evolved into the kind of Process Flow Diagram (PFD) used by chemical and industrial engineers to illustrate manufacturing steps in plants and factories.
Over time, the visualization style of Gilbreth’s ‘process charts’ has been adopted by a wider range of domains, including software development – as Process Maps, System Diagrams, Business Process Diagrams, Block Flow Diagrams, Process Flowcharts, Data Flow Diagrams, SIPOC Diagrams… or simply ‘flows’! A frequent refinement in many Business Process Maps is the application of ‘swimlanes’ – either in columns or rows – to clarify who does what, and to delineate areas of responsibility.