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Use Swimlane Diagrams instead of Flow Charts

Use Swimlane Diagrams instead of Flow Charts

Flow charts are great for illustrating a process, whether for problem solving, training or as part of a procedure.

But traditional flow charts can get complicated and don't clearly outline responsibilities.

A Swim-lane Diagram, also called a Cross Functional Flow Chart, clearly separates the steps for each person or group responsible for a part of the process. That makes it easier for people to follow the process steps and understand their responsibilities and the interaction between others.

It's easy to do with built-in templates in Visio or even with Excel, Word or PowerPoint if you want.

Is it much different from a traditional flow chart? Not really. You still use the same principles, you just organize the steps differently.

Here is an example:

Swimlane Flow Chart

 

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