Flowcharts

Flowcharts
Origin of flow charts
Wikipedia's take on it
The first structured method for
documenting process flow, the "flow
process chart", was introduced by Frank
and Lillian Gilbreth in the presentation
"Process Charts: First Steps in Finding the
One Best Way to do Work", to members of
the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME) in 1921.[2]
Wikipedia excludes Lillian Gilbreth here
MindTools.com gets it wrong
American engineer Frank Gilbreth is widely
believed to be the first person to
document a process flow, having
introduced the concept of a “Process
Chart” to the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers in 1921. Quote from
MindTools.com
Not correct! was Frank and Lillian Gilbreth
Highly doubtful he was first person to
document a process flow
this appears to be a misquote from
wikipedia
LINK TO THE ORIGINAL TEXT
Process Charts: First steps in finding the
one best way to do work [ORIGINAL
TEXT]
Flowchart notation
Terminator (Start / End)
Decision
Process or Activity
Annotation
Document
Data
Off page connector
Separator
Connector
The Top 10 Flowchart Symbols you need to
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Arrows
Stored Data
Database
Flow chart Examples
Business Readiness Flow chart
Distribution Process Flow Chart
Invoice Process Flow Chart
Purchase  Order Flowchart
Scrutiny Process Flowchart
Business Scrutiny Flowchart example 2
Why create flow charts?
Important part of Business Analysis
Communicate a process
Understand a process at a glance
Easy to understand
Short learning curve
understand a process
identify improvements
pinpoint inefficiencies
find blockers/bottlenecks
Improve consistency
Definition
What is a flow chart?
A flowchart is a visual
representation of the sequence of steps and
decisions needed to perform a process. Each
step is noted within a diagram shape. Steps are linked by connecting lines and
directional arrows.
Examples
a diagram of the sequence of movements or
actions of people or things involved in a complex
system or activity.
a graphical representation of a computer
program in relation to its sequence of
functions (as distinct from the data it
processes).
Data Flow Diagrams
A data flow diagram (DFD) is a graphical
representation of the "flow" of data
through an information system, modelling
its process aspects.
Example Data Flow Diagram
Business Process Models (BPM)
BPM notation
Example Business Process Models
Business process modeling (BPM) in
systems engineering is the activity of
representing processes of an enterprise, so
that the current process may be analyzed
or improved.
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