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What is a workflow diagram?

Workflow diagram, also known as workflow chart, is frequently applied in all sectors and all units in the business world. This application, which shows how effective the visual is on learning, is a method used in the planning phase.

The workflow diagram handles all the work with a holistic approach. This method, in which the steps required for the realization of a process are visually expressed with figures, provides advantages in many ways.

• It allows you to see the inputs and outputs of the process.

• Communication between the participants is strengthened and thus a business culture is formed.

• The place where the work ends and the place where the work begins can be seen clearly.

• Even if the processes are complex, they are easily understood by everyone.

• The quality of the process increases with the separation of important and more important works.

• It becomes clear who will contribute to the process and how.

How to create a workflow diagram

While creating the diagram, it is necessary to draw the shapes proportionally, simplify the diagram with colors and create sub-flow diagrams if necessary. The fact that the workflow chart is an answer to the following questions shows that the chart has been prepared correctly:

• What is the job?

• Where is the start and end point of the work?

• How will the work be done?

• Which step will be done when?

• Who will do the work?

The meanings of the generally accepted workflow chart shapes are as follows:

• Ellipse: Process start and end

• Rectangle: Activities

• Parallel edge: Data entry

• Arrow: Direction of workflow

• Lane: Units responsible for the process

The workflow chart enables to achieve accurate and effective results in a shorter time. It standardizes the workflow processes of businesses of all sectors and all sizes. Thanks to the workflow reports created according to the work flow diagram, the history and current status of all workflows in the enterprise are kept under control.

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