Flowchart: Practical variations
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- Write the actions on 3" x 5" cards or adhesive memo notes, and place them in order. This makes rearrangement easier when actions become cramped or require revision. Add arrows when the layout is stabilized.
- Where the process involves multiple people or groups,
use a Deployment Flowchart, which has one column for each group or person, separated by vertical dotted lines
as in the illustration. Order the columns so that people who communicate are adjacent and the overall flow is still left to right.
This is particularly useful for process improvement as problems often lie in the communications boundary between individual people. It can, however, only be used for relatively simple Flowcharts, as the width available for each person is severely limited.
Fig. 1. Deployment Flowchart
Use horizontal dotted lines to separate distinct stages in the process,
such as days or project phases.
Annotate Flowcharts with salient notes. These can use the annotation
symbol from Table 19.2 or may be simple free-form text. The general rule to
apply when adding such commentary is that it should add to the understanding
of the process without adding clutter.
Annotations may be visually differentiated, for example by using a different
typeface or italics.Use a more comprehensive symbol set, either to highlight critical tasks or as appropriate to the industry or application. Additional common symbols (originating from computer programming) are shown in
Table 1 below.
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