Flowchart for a Process
For the last couple of months I have had the task of finding a particular method for cleaning my new home. My family has been in our new home for five months now. This is the first time owning a home and it is also the biggest house we have ever lived in. The house is 3112 square feet. It has 3 ½ baths, four bedrooms, a formal dining room, study, extra large bonus room, loft, plus an extra room my husband calls a man cave. The one thing I do on a regular basis is laundry. The task of trying to clean the entire house in one day can be time-consuming. Using a flowchart design, I should be able to analyze different daily task. A process flowchart includes the information necessary to formulate a connection between the various steps within a given process (Chase, Jacobs, & Aquilano, 2006). By making a flowchart it will improve my awareness of what needs to be done and expose issues that can improve my time spent performing these tasks. The following factors affect the process design: 1.
Do I start upstairs or downstairs?
Should I vacuum/mop the floors everyday or every other day? 3.
Should I focus on cleaning two rooms per day?
Do I clean the children’s two bathrooms upstairs or let them clean it? 5.
Will I be able to complete the daily cleaning before school lets out? There are different metrics used here. One of them is efficiency which is the ratio of the actual output of a process relative to some standard (Chase, Jacobs, & Aquilano, 2006). For example, I’m not going to spend five minutes cleaning up the bonus room when it is the largest room in the house. The other metric is time.
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