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Swimlanes

Swimlane example

What is a swimlane

Swimlane, also known as cross-functional flow-charts, is one of the most popular ways to describe complicated processes with multiple participants. This is a visual element used in flow chart diagrams that shows participants responsibilities for a certain part of the process. Swim lanes are used to group sub-processes or tasks according to obligations of certain resources, roles or departments. It’s very convenient when algorithm of the process execution is divided into lanes each of which contains actions made by one of the employees.

Why use swim lanes

Swimlane visualizes actions performed by special resource types, organization elements or actions connected to a special location. Besides, Swim lanes make it possible to specify role of an executor and in this way to document responsibilities in a more accurate manner.

Cross functional flow charts allow you to see not only flow of some process but also moments when responsibilities are transmitted from one process participant to another. It helps eliminate loss of information, delays, mistakes or cheating are most likely to occur.

How Grapholite can help

Grapholite allows you to easier create a swimlane by offering the following abilities:

Swimlane diagram template

Swimlane techniques

In order to optimize the process with the help of a swimlane diagram it is necessary to minimize the amount of the process transmission between the participants. Ideally, every person or resource should partake in the process only once for all its duration.

So, in order to create an efficient swimlane you need to:

How to Draw a Basic Flowchart

The easiest way to draw a new swimlane is to use Grapholite.