Pilot: Flowchart diagrams
Let's try creating lightweight, highly valuable flowchart diagrams
Flowcharts are quick and valuable for capturing workflows and user flows in a visual format that is easy for everyone to contribute to and understand. Good flowcharts should have every important detail without the clutter of extraneous information, and the format and language should be easy for all stakeholders to understand and contribute to.
Flowcharts can be used to:
- help teams understand and validate customer needs, behaviors and motivations, simply
- identify product opportunities
- understand workflows and user flows so we can deliver the seamless, cross-stage solutions that make customers abondon toolchains for our easy to use, time saving, feature complete platform.
Benefits of Flowcharts
- They're fast and cheap artifacts with high ROI
- They make product development more efficient by helping dev understand how wires fit together and every aspect of the user flow so less is missed and released code has fewer errors
- They're perfect tools for ensuring incremental, stage-level solutions are adding up to cohesive, seamless cross-functional workflows
- They help everyone understand the big picture from the user perspective, which leads to cross-functional alignment, fewer cross-functional misunderstandings and better product and design decisions
- They force UX to be thorough, so we don't miss exception cases, error messages and other important details
- When there are multiple ways to complete the same task, flowchart diagrams with swim lanes can help us identify which views and controls are universal to all experiences vs. unique to just one. Focusing on improving universal elements is likely to deliver more overall value
- Moqups is an easy way to create flowcharts quickly. It's incredibly easy to learn, support multi-player for collaborative mapping and is free to try.
- Mermaid is a GitLab solution that builds flowcharts via code: https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/user/markdown.html#mermaid
- Others - There are many other options like Visio, Lucid Charts and flowcharts and so on