How to Draw Flow Chart

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How to plan and draw a basic flowchart

1. Define your purpose and scope

First we defined the purpose of draw the flow chart. What do we hope to accomplish? Are we studying the right things with appropriate start and end points to accomplish that purpose? Be detailed enough in your research but simple enough in your charting to communicate with your intended audience.

2. Identify the tasks in chronological order

This might involve talking to participants, observing a process and/or reviewing any existing documentation. We might write out the steps in note form, or begin a rough chart.

3. Organize them by type and corresponding shape

such as process, decision, data, inputs or outputs.

4. Draw your chart

either sketching by hand or using a program such as Lucid chart.

5. Confirm your flowchart

walking through the steps with people who participate in the process. Observe the process to make sure you haven’t missed anything important to your purpose.

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