8 Flow Chart examples - FREE downloads [in visio & PDF]
Flow charts are a diagrammatic representation of the inputs, outputs and steps that make up a business process. stakeholdermap.com
Flow charts use a widely recognised set of symbols and conventions to document a process, this makes them easy to read and a useful early step in BPM
For example flow charts are often used to provide a snapshot of current processes which can then be analyzed for process improvement.
[Business Process] Maps and flowcharts help make work visible. Increased visibility improves communication and understanding, and provides a common frame of reference for those involved with the work process. Damelio, R. 1996, pg. 1
Flow Chart examples from real world projects
These Flow Charts were created for real world projects.
This flow chart documents a distribution process
. The distribution was of a series of short books at the end of a research project. Although this was mapped for a specific project it is a good example of a cross functional flow chart which includes steps across two project phases.
This flow chart documents an invoicing process
, including attaching purchase orders and passing for authorisation. It is a good example of an incomplete flow chart as the logic/steps for rejecting an invoice are not shown.
An example of a flow chart documenting a complex scrutiny /compliance process
combined with a timeline. The process crosses multiple functions, using 'columns' to show the tasks between functions and 'rows' to show the actvities against a timeline. Some activities are given dates e.g. for review meetings. Annotations are also used to provide more detail on key tasks.
This example flow chart shows a business readiness process
for strategic business plan delivery. This is an example of a cross functional flow chart, it is not intended as a business readiness template or a repeatable flow.
This example Data Flow Diagram
is free to copy, download and use. Level 1 DFDs should show a process to handle each incoming data flow and a process to generate each output data flow.
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Example Flow Charts - references and further reading
Damelio, R. (1996) The Basics of Process Mapping
, Taylor & Francis.
Office of Government Commerce (2009), Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2: 2009 Edition
, London: TSO.
Rudolf Melik, (2015).The Rise of the Project Workforce: Managing People and Projects in a Flat World
, John Wiley & Sons.