Flow charts are easy-to-understand diagrams showing how steps in a process fit together. This makes them useful tools for communicating how processes work, and for clearly documenting how a particular job is done. Furthermore, the act of mapping a process out in flow chart format helps you clarify your understanding of the process, and helps you think about where the process can be improved. A flow chart can therefore be used to:
•Define and analyze processes.
•Build a step-by-step picture of the process for analysis, discussion, or communication. •Define, standardize or find areas for improvement in a process Also, by conveying the information or processes in a step-by-step flow, you can then concentrate more intently on each individual step, without feeling overwhelmed by the bigger picture. I’ve designed a flowchart for one daily activity - The activity I chose is "Being on Time".
When I am getting ready to leave, and usually rushing, a ringing telephone controls my time, often making me late. Controlling this interruption is a necessity. I have one telephone; one answering machine connected; and I do have caller id on my telephone service.
In my flow chart, Info Blocks are rectangle shaped and there will be four info blocks. The first Info Block 1 contains the words "Telephone rings". Info Block 2 contains the words: "let it go to answering machine". Info Block 3 contains the words "Return call when convenient".
Decisions blocks are diamond shaped with all "yes" answers continuing down. All "no" answers should go either right or left. Decision Block 2 contains words "Is this a Busy Time?" Decision Block 2 contains words "Does caller Id give me caller name?" Decision Block 3 contains the words: "Is this call important to me?"
There are 3 "yes answers and they go down. The first "no answer goes to the right, then clear down to last Info Block 4. The second no goes left to Info Block 2, then on dow to next Info Block 3. That path ends...
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