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Why Should I Use Flowcharts?

Whether you are in marketing or manufacturing, there are often complicated processes that dictate how your work gets done. Sure, you know how that process works. But it’s probably not easy to take new hires or people outside your department through it step-by-step. You’ll think, “what do you want me to do, draw you a picture?”  Well, yes. That’s exactly right, and that’s where flowcharts come in.

With a flowchart you can graphically represent every step of a process and how you arrive at it without all the insider jargon that makes people’s eyes glaze over with confusion. Flowcharts can be used for more than just process documentation, too. You can use them for training, to help with troubleshooting, to give logical structure to brainstorming sessions, and more.

Here’s a few common uses for flowcharts:

Process Documentation
Documenting processes in flowcharts makes it easy for people to see how to get from start to finish. This sales process flowchart could be used to train new salespeople and keep everyone on the team following the same process.

Order Process Flowchart MindManager_2

 

Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting flowcharts help customer service reps and users diagnose and solve common problems quickly.

Troubleshooting flowchart

 

Concept Mapping
Concept maps can be used for free-form brainstorming and to help organize and structure knowledge by depicting relationships.

concept map flowchart_2

 

Are you ready to go with the flow? The new MindManager 2016 for Windows has advanced flowcharting tools and easy-to-use templates. Try it for free today.