Better Understanding of Processes through Flowcharts

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Complexities and complications are some of the natural outcomes of evolution. The many animal species that populate the earth in modern times represent wonderful illustrations of complexity on the biological scale. Each animal is a highly evolved being that comprises tissues, bones, organs, instincts, and reflexes, etc. Each animal is uniquely suited to its natural environment and excels in a variety of actions inside its natural habitat. Similarly, plants represent static, but complex organisms that point to the complexities bestowed on biological life by many millennia of biological evolution. The crust of the earth is yet another example of complexities that arose from millions of years of natural earth-bound processes. As human beings, we have undertaken painstaking observation and research in a bid to gain a better understanding of these natural processes. In modern times, human beings have gained knowledge and insights using analytical tools such as flowcharts and when correctly constructed, they enable us to achieve a better understanding of complex (and complicated) processes and systems.

Steam engines represent one of the earliest achievements of the Industrial Age. A marvel of Western science, this mechanism enabled the humankind to harness the power of steam to accomplish the dream of decimating distance. The earliest working prototypes of steam engines may have evolved as small-scale machinery in the workshops of inventors and designers. In modern times, designers have the benefit of using flowcharts to gain a better understanding of the intricate systems that power a steam engine. Such a flowchart must proceed through a number of stages that depict the operational aspects of such engines. Every individual stage in the flowchart represents a masterpiece of human ingenuity and comprehension and work together to create the majestic movement typical of steam-powered locomotives. In addition, the various stages of the flowchart enable reviewers to gain an in-depth understanding of the criticality of concerted action. In addition, the sequence of stages enables better understanding of the potential of using steam power to animate alternative working prototypes.

Modern urban landscapes in the civilized world present a dense image of tall buildings placed inside a planned grid. The planning and construction of a modern multi-storied building (or a skyscraper) ranks high among contemporary engineering achievements. Architects, planners, engineers, technicians, and construction workers must work in tandem to create a landmark within specified timelines. The use of a digital flowchart propels a better understanding of the mission and instructs each set of workers in terms of performance expectations. Flowchart designers can add timelines to each set of stages inside the diagram in an attempt to press work crews into action. These flowcharts can emerge as marvels of visual complexity owing to the many parallel processes that must proceed in concert. An examination of the multiple stages generates a better understanding for every stakeholder that participates in the construction project. Managers can gain a top-level understanding of the multiple processes that requiring some action or intervention. Potential clients can view the flowchart to draw unique sets of insight into the building process. In addition, this digital flowchart, when updated in real time, can create a precise snapshot of work accomplished up to the present minute.

The chemistry of life is manifest in the myriad interactions between human beings and their natural, social, personal, and professional environments. In nature, chemical processes permeate every interaction between seawater and the shore, between the wind and natural landscapes, between the various layers of the earth’s crust, between human-made pollutants and air molecules, etc. Flowcharts enable a better understanding of these processes when human beings seek to explore these interactions at various levels. The stages of such a flowchart can exhibit the varying levels of knowledge, which the humankind has gained through the spirit of scientific enquiry. These stages can spotlight the interaction of various causative actions inside a natural process and thus promote a better understanding of nature. In a similar vein, chemical engineers can explore the interactions between various levels of materials by deploying flowchart diagrams. This understanding can help us to gain insights and lighten our footprint on the earth’s natural environment. A deeper understanding can also lead to the creation of processes that may one day reverse the damages inflicted by man on the earth.

Commerce and commercial operations (and processes) have attained high levels of complexity in a globalized world. The sheer scale, scope, and reach of modern commercial operations confuses the mind; however, we can deploy flowcharts to arrive at a better understanding of these gargantuan creations of human ingenuity. A flowchart, for instance, can help readers comprehend the truly diverse scope of modern-day supply chain operations. This aspect of modern commerce is core to deliver value to end-customers, while driving the creation of profit for a variety of stakeholders. These flowcharts have wide scope in terms of depicting the multiplicity of moving parts that power the supply chain. An alternative mode of examination reveals the outsize impact of malfunction (in one part of the diagram) on the entire supply chain operation. Flowcharts are also useful when we seek to examine the scope of expanding commercial operations through the lens of an extended supply chain mechanism. These diagrams also empower top management cadre to gain expanded profit margins by boosting (or tweaking) certain aspects of an existing supply chain mechanism. This illustration clearly underlines the importance of using flowcharts to drive a better understanding of modern commercial systems and processes.

The direction of workflow depicted on a modern flowchart is instrumental in promoting a better understanding of a particular process. Orthodox design dictates connectors are typically arrows that move from left to right. These connectors bridge the visual gap between stages and sub-stages inside a flowchart diagram. The designers and creators of flowcharts must be careful when depicting said stages, because a flowchart must correspond to the actual stages that power a certain process or system. The arrows indicate a straightforward transition from one stage to the next stage (or sub-stage). However, the levels of complexity inherent in modern processes may merit the addition of notes (or data or information) to these connectors. Therefore, a certain data point – when appended to a flowchart connector – may indicate a certain, fixed outcome from the previous stage. However, a different set of data may prompt another outcome. This bifurcation creates a visual parallel on the flowchart diagram, thereby attesting to the complexities that attend a modern system or process. In addition, this scenario may lead to entirely different outcomes as the flowchart proceeds toward the completion of the depicted process. This scenario represents yet another instance of flowcharts enabling a better understanding of modern human-made phenomenon in the realms of science, technology, commerce, engineering, et al.

We have examined multiple instances of deploying flowcharts in the interests of arriving at a better understanding in the foregoing paragraphs. Each flowchart diagram represents a remarkable achievement of the human intellect. These blueprints are central to the conception and operation of new processes, systems, and sub-systems. The creators of flowcharts must persist in their enterprise in a bid to expand the proverbial envelope. The benefits of such endeavour may include a higher ability to utilize the natural resources of planet earth, extract greater utility from extant processes, and design new means to elevate the quality of human life.

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