These pages are about using cross-functional flowcharts to show the relationship between a process and the subprocesses that feed information into its functional nodes. The process and its subprocesses are arranged in a grid such that the flows of events can be followed in 'swimlanes'. Swimlane diagrams can be applied to route any process in stages, from making and selling pizzas to protecting species and habitats in a nature reserve. They can be used as generic 'at-a-glance' templates to compare and spread best management practice.


The swimlanes in a flowchart are functional pathways. An annotated shape representing a step in the process is placed in the swimlane to represent the functional unit responsible for that step. A swimlane diagram is really a flow chart of of a management system.

This is a cross-functional flow chart based on a questionnaire to elicit the information required for the step by step process of making a conservation management plan.

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This is a cross-functional flow chart for a protected nature site. It routes processes of evaluating the conservation features, defining the factors influencing their condition and scheduling actions by which the factors will be managed, into vertical and longitudinal swimlanes.