Flowchart Maker

  • Simple drag and drop interface and automatic drawing to create flowcharts faster
  • 1000s of custom-built flowchart templates and professional color themes to start quickly
  • Video conferencing & live mouse tracking to collaborate in real-time with your team

Flowchart Templates

Agile Marketing Workflow
Recruitment Process Template
User Registration Flow Diagram
New Student Application Process (Horizontal Swim lane)
Remote Hiring Process
Online Sales Process
Process Map for Operations Manual
Flowchart Template with Multiple Ends
Change Management Process Steps - Current Plan
Sprint Tasks Flowchart
Help Desk Flowchart Example

How to Create a Flowchart

  1. Identify the process or the workflow you and your team want to document or visualize.
  2. Identify the different steps involved in executing this process. If several people are responsible for carrying out the process, collaborate and get their input for an accurate visualization.
  3. Using the standard flowchart symbols available in the Creately flowchart maker, convert the listed steps into a flowchart.
  4. First drag and drop the Start/End symbol onto the canvas. Using the Plus Create option, add the next symbol depending on whether it’s a process/ step/ operation or decision. Make sure to use the correct flowchart symbol to represent your data.
  5. Connect the shapes with arrows highlighting the flow of the process or workflow. Creately’s Plus Create automatically recognizes the flow and adds the relevant connector as you draw the flowchart.
  6. Customize the flowchart as necessary with Creately’s preset color themes before sharing it with stakeholders for feedback.
  7. Review the flowchart frequently and update it as the process it represents, undergoes changes.

What Is a Flowchart?

A flowchart is a diagram that visually represents the progression of steps of a process or workflows. They are commonly used as decision-making, problem-solving, system designing, and educational tools.

There are multiple types of flowcharts including;

  • Process flowchart - shows the steps of a process in sequential order
  • Workflow chart - visualizes a workflow or actions that need to be carried out to achieve a goal
  • Data flow chart - represents how data is processed within a system
  • Swimlane flowchart - illustrates process steps along with responsible owners or departments

Flowchart Symbols

Our flowchart library comes with all the standard flowchart symbols and vertical / horizontal swimlanes so you can map out any process with ease. Listed below are some of most common flowchart symboles and their meanings.

Flowchart symbols
  • Terminal - Shows the start or the end of the process.
  • Process - Process is shown as a rectangle
  • Decision - Shown as a diamond and usually has a question on it.
  • Data - Typically shown as a slanted rectangle, this shows any input or output from the process.
  • Swimlanes - Although not a flowchart symbol, swimlanes are useful to differenciate or highlight the ownership of the processes.
  • Document - To highlight if the a document is generated throught the process.

What Are Flowcharts Used for

Flowcharts are used across multiple industries;

  • To clarify process steps or workflows and their respectful owners.
  • To analyze existing processes to identify inefficiencies and necessary improvements.
  • To collaborate on planning and designing new processes and to build a common understanding of them.
  • To standardize processes by allowing team members to follow a single set of steps consistently.
  • To train and guide new and existing employees on performing their tasks accurately.

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