This is the final post of our two-part series on Flowcharts. Part 1 can be found here. Remember what really matters is having clarity and attention to detail when drawing flowcharts. In keeping with this train of thought, check out the rest of the interesting mistakes that we have compiled below.
In certain flowcharts, processes do tend to fork. For the sake of clarity, it is best that you specify whether one branch needs to be followed or all of them.
Processes may not run forever. However, make sure that you do document processes that may be too excessive that it affects the clarity of the flowchart.
It is suggested that you use a footnote, a call out or even a separate document to offer more detail for those process step descriptions that may need more detail.
One of the best practices of using flowcharts is to have a flowchart key describing the symbols that are used.
When drawing flowcharts, remember that verifying the flowchart steps is critical to avoid any inaccuracies.
14. Stick to one level of detail
It’s best that you stick to a certain level of detail, e.g. a high-level, mid-level (like the diagram above) or detailed flowchart.
Planning ahead would mean that you avoid any unwanted mistakes. So ensure that you ask questions like, “What happens next?”, “Is there a decision made now?”, and “Has the process description been complete?”