Cross Functional flowchart and data graphics

This video explains how to create a cross functional flowchart and data graphics in Microsoft Visio. The tutorial demonstrates how to add basic shapes from the stencil and connect the shapes manually to avoid swim lanes being dragged all over the place. The video covers how to use shape graphics and how to edit shape graphics. The shape graphic is triggered by data in the shape data box. The final section of the video explains how to define shape data.

Overview

This video explains how to use a Cross Functional flowchart in Microsoft Visio. The tutorial demonstrates how best to add shapes from the Visio stencil without over sizing the swim lanes.

Data Graphics

The video explains how to use data graphics to gave a visual indication within the flowchart shapes. There are several options that may be used, icon sets and text for example.

The process is quite simple, select a shape data field or add a new one, then create the shape graphic based on the shape.

Swim Lanes

The swim lanes on the default cross functional flowchart can grow to accommodate shapes if they cross over swim lanes. The shapes that are added manually do not seems to effect the swim lanes in the same way, if connectors are added after the shape is added and not with the automated shape builder. I find it best to position all the shapes across the swim lanes and then go back to add the connectors. It may be a bit longer but i have found that it is quicker in the long run.

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