A flowchart is a type of diagram that represents an algorithm, workflow or process, showing the steps and their order by connecting them with arrows. This representation sometimes illustrates a solution model to a given problem. Flowcharts are used in analyzing, designing, documenting or managing a process or program in various fields.
What are the different types of flowcharts?
What are the shapes? Shapes are used to represent different decision points, process steps, functions, data or starts and stops.
How do I create a flowchart?
See the process at the gemba.
Identify Steps in the process.
Organize and make visual steps in the process.
Check steps with process owners.
Identify key points with opportunities to improve.
Challenge: Read the story below and build a flow chart.
Tim first starts his process by analyzing inventory against sales requirements.
He then must decide: do I have everything?
If he has everything he can release the order to the shop floor.
If he does not have everything he must wait until a new order of inventory arrives.