Deployment flowcharts show the steps in a process and also show which
person or group is involved in each step. This example shows instructions for
drawing a deployment flowchart with the responsible groups listed across the
top. These groups are Production, Administration, and Marketing. You could
draw a deployment flowchart that lists people instead of groups.
A deployment flowchart combines two key features:
- The sequence of steps in a process
- Who is responsible for each step
The benefit of a deployment flowchart is that it shows where work is handed
from one person or group to another. These are the places where
misunderstandings and errors often occur.
The shapes used in drawing a deployment flowchart are the same as those in a
standard flowchart with a few of additions.
circle is a white circle in a column. It means that assistance is provided by
that column. For example, in the chart above, Marketing assists with step 2.
If you are providing assistance, you are helping out, but not in charge.
rectangle with a shadow indicates that there exists a more detailed flowchart
for this step.
denoted by using in a rounded box. The box would extend across all the columns
that took part in the meeting or be listed in each column.
When two lines cross,
you can use a bridge to show that there is no intersection. Usually when lines
cross, the control flow continues straight along the line so bridges are often
First download the
version of RFFlow. It will allow you to open any chart and make
Once RFFlow is installed, you can open the above chart in RFFlow by clicking
From there you can zoom in, edit, and print this sample chart. It is often
easier to modify an existing chart than to draw it from scratch.
To draw this chart without downloading it, run RFFlow and click on the More
Scroll to the Flowcharting
folder and click the plus sign to open it.
Click the Deployment (Functional)
stencil and then click the Add