A flow chart is what you get when you cross a diagram with a Chart Template. These charts present in graphical form the steps in a process or the hierarchical relationship of roles. These are highly effective tools to organize and present a complicated series of interconnected elements. You can draft one with nothing more than boxes and other shapes for each element and interconnecting lines denoting the relationship between them. These are then set in a flat order.
These free-to-download Word documents feature flow charts laid out for different processes and hierarchies for your reference.
Making a good flowchart is easier than it sounds and harder than it sounds. A good flowchart is not a free-form mind map. You have to present a logical connection between the elements. You achieve this by paying attention to these details:
Flowcharts are then read based on these clues. For process flowcharts, you start at the top, and depending on the situation that applies, you move from one element to the next.
Flow charts are great planning tools as well as recording tools. Not only can they map out the preplanned courses of action, but they can help track steps taken in the development of a project or outline the overall course of action (see Productive UX Flowchart Templates for planning user experience during website or app development).
All these examples are available to download for free as Microsoft Word documents. You can use MS Word or any other word processor that supports the format to draft the most basic flow charts for most purposes. This makes them fully customizable for your specific needs.