A simple tool to explain your ideas effectively

Have a good business idea... but cannot communicate that idea with others?

Here is an easy tool that helps handy. Have you heard about Flowcharts?

Flowcharts are an effective, efficient way to show steps in a process. They are widely used in multiple fields to document, study, plan, improve and communicate often complex processes in clear, easy-to-understand diagrams.

Flowcharts, use rectangles, ovals, diamonds, and potentially numerous other shapes to define the type of step, along with connecting arrows to define flow and sequence. They can range from simple, hand-drawn charts to comprehensive computer-drawn diagrams depicting multiple steps and routes.

If we consider all the various forms of flowcharts, they are one of the most common diagrams on the planet, used by both technical and non-technical people in numerous fields. Flowcharts are sometimes called by more specialized names such as Process Flowchart, Process Map, Functional Flowchart, Business Process Mapping, Business Process Modeling and Notation (BPMN),  or Process Flow Diagram (PFD). They are related to other popular diagrams, such as Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs) and Unified Modeling Language (UML) Activity Diagrams.

But they can also be confusing and even misleading if not properly prepared. When designing and creating a flowchart, bear in mind that the diagram needs to be easy to understand. Here are some tips for a good flowchart design. Applying them will allow you to make flowcharts that are easier to read, understand, and use

1. Use Consistent Design Elements

Shapes, lines, and texts within a flowchart diagram should be consistent.

2. Keep Everything on One Page

It is good practice to make sure that the flowchart fits on a single page and the text remains readable. When a diagram becomes too large to fit on a page, it's advisable to divide it into multiple charts and connect them with hyperlinks.

3. Flow Data from Left to Right

Structuring a flowchart from left to right makes the information easier to read and comprehend.

4. Place Return Lines Under the Flow Diagram

Since we naturally read text from the top of the page down, it is logical that return lines should be placed under the flowchart rather than above. If two return lines are needed, they shouldn't overlap.

5. Learn to interpret the symbols to create beautiful flowcharts

6. Usage of Swimlanes for logical partitioning 

Now that you have learned the basics, let see a flowchart that is created with the basic shapes below.

As an assignment, create a flow chart with swim lanes and try yourself and start excelling in communicating your ideas effectively.