Process Flowcharting

Process Flowcharting is a powerful technique for recording, in the form of a picture, exactly what is done in a process.
 
There are certain standard symbols used in classic flowcharts, and these are:
 
 
If a flowchart cannot be drawn using these symbols, then the process is not fully understood. The purpose of the flowchart is to learn why the current process operates the way it does and to conduct an objective analysis, to identify problems and weaknesses, unnecessary steps or duplication and the objectives of the improvement effort.
 
 
Source: Tools & Techniques for Process Improvement - Department of Trade & Industry UK
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