A flow chart is a graphical or symbolic representation of a process. Each step in the process is represented by a series of boxes or other shapes and contains a short description of the process step. The flow chart symbols are linked together with connections(arrows) showing the process flow direction.
Why Use a Flowchart?
A flow chart is a great way for you to show a logical flow and relationships between each step in a process.
Flowcharts are clear, concise method of displaying information and that’s why they are a preferred method of conveying data across various industries.
Educational materials are often created using flowcharts because they’re visually stimulating and easy to understand. A nicely laid out flowchart will gain and hold the reader’s attention when a block of text will often fail.
Flowcharts could also be used if you are having trouble understanding a concept, in that case mapping it as a flowchart will help you see how the concept works.
Conventional flowcharting symbols are designed for programmers to help plan out the logic needed in a given piece of code before actually getting down to implementing them.
On the stencil above you can see there are a lot of symbols that could be used, there are even more in Grafio. You don’t have to be afraid of the quantity of the shapes available for you as most flowcharts require very little.
Ovals, circles – used for the start and end of the flowchart. End is not required but can help you show the end point of your flowchart, good for more complex flows.
Diamonds – used for questions, usually the answers that follows are “yes” and “no” but the answers are entirely up to you.
Rectangles – used for a process or general information like the outcome of a question. A step/action/process following an outcome of a decision you made.
Arrows – used for showing the direction and to connect the various steps in a flowchart. An essential part of the diagram.