Author : Kayla Dechaineux.
Published : Thu, Jan 10 2019 :5 AM.
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Using just a few words and some simple symbols, they show clearly what happens at each stage and how this affects other decisions and actions. In this section, we look at how to create and use flow charts, and explore how they can help you to solve problems in your processes.
Flow charts are easy-to-understand diagrams that show how the steps of a process fit together. 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.
There are several ways to make a flowchart. Originally, flowcharts were created by hand using pencil and paper. Before the advent of the personal computer, drawing templates made of plastic flowchart shape outlines helped flowchart makers work more quickly and gave their diagrams a more consistent look. Today, flowcharts are typically created using flowchart software.
To draw a flow chart, identify the tasks and decisions that you make during a process, and write them down in order. Then, arrange these steps in the flow chart format, using the appropriate symbols. Finally, check and challenge your flow chart to make sure that it accurately represents the process, and that it shows the most efficient way of doing the job.