Tools for organizing information: FLOW CHART at a glance


The FLOW CHART is a type of diagram that represents a workflow or process. A flowchart can also be defined as a diagrammatic representation of an algorithm, a step-by-step approach to solving a task. The flowchart shows the steps as boxes of various kinds, and their order by connecting the boxes with arrows. This diagrammatic representation illustrates a solution model to a given problem. Flowcharts are used in analyzing, designing, documenting or managing a process or program in various field. Flowcharts are used in designing and documenting simple processes or programs. Like other types of diagrams, they help visualize what is going on and thereby help understand a process, and perhaps also find less-obvious features within the process, like flaws and bottlenecks.

How to Make a Flowchart

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.

FLOW CHART: What is it

  • A diagram that shows the phases in a process, in sequence e.t.c

When to use it

  • You need to understand the work process to identify and organize factors contributing to a problem or possible solutions

How to use it

  • Use these elements: to show activities

Procedures on how to construct a flow chart

  1. Convene a group representing each part of the work process you want to document
  2. Identify the process you want to document. Make it clear where the process begins and ends.
  3. Brainstorming the basic activities and decision points in the process you want to document
  4. Make up a chart, showing the activities in order.

a)Link boxes(for activities) and diamonds(for decision points) with

arrows to show the direction the process takes.

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