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Is Process Flowcharting every Procedure Necessary?

M

MDWEEK

#1
One friend told me that i should include a process flow chart for every procedure
describing the flow of the procedure is this true or it is not obligatory?:notme:
 

GStough

Staff member
Super Moderator
#3
Re: Flowcharting every process

One friend told me that i should include a process flow chart for every procedure
describing the flow of the procedure is this true or it is not obligatory?:notme:
There is no requirement to my knowledge that states every procedure shall have a process flow chart. If a flow chart will help the reader better understand the workings of that process, then by all means, develop one. However, IMO, it would be overkill to have a flow chart in every procedure. Some companies even use flow charts as the procedure itself without a text-only document to describe the process.
 

Stijloor

Staff member
Super Moderator
#5
Re: Flowcharting every process

Why?
If a process flow map details a 'better/ description than verbiage, why not just use the process flow?
Flowcharts do not always provide the necessary details for the process.

Stijloor.
 
B

Bobh@pte

#6
Certain people like flowcharts better than written procedures in our company.
I have about 20% of all procedures flowcharted.

They are not mandatory by any means.
 
Y

Yew Jin

#7
Back to the objective why we want a flow chart.......

For third party or who ever does not involve in the process, flow chart is the good tool to share to them so that they can understand the process easily.

For internal or which involve in the process, flow chart alone is not enough for them to carry out the operation without the details in the process steps.
 
V

vanputten

#8
"Should", "Must", "Obligatroy" are all key words.

Are we debating if flowcharts are required by ISO 9001 or are we debating if they are an effective approach to defining processes?

Let's not mix the two debates for pages and pages.

MDWeek: What did you read in ISO 9001 related to flowcharts? What was the result of your research. Did the consulting firm flowchart all of their processes, especially processes for section 7?
 
V

vanputten

#9
"Flowcharts do not always provide the necessary details for the process."

I do not think this is always true.

I was the QMS coordinator for a successful company and every process was a flowchart.
 

Stijloor

Staff member
Super Moderator
#10
"Flowcharts do not always provide the necessary details for the process."

I do not think this is always true.

I was the QMS coordinator for a successful company and every process was a flowchart.
Dirk,

What works well for one organization, may not work for another.

Stijloor.
 
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