for Documenting, Developing, Improving & Managing Business Processes
Where is the work being done?
Graham Process Maps clearly show WHERE every item in the process is worked,
including items that are worked in parallel. Some other methods may
show where work takes place...they just don't show what the work is!
And, single-line flows CAN'T show parallel processing. With a Graham Process
Map, you see SPECIFICALLY where every item in the process flows AND what
happens to each item in every location it flows through!
Where -- Transportation
The location of the work is identified at the first step and whenever
the location changes.
Transport symbols tell you
every time the location changes.
The text identifying the work location is displayed in red.
How much clearer can it be?!
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When you are reading a map, you can trace back from any symbol on an
Item line to the last transport symbol to find out where you are. If
you trace all the way back to the first symbol without reaching a
transport symbol...it will tell you there too.
Since Effects show a relationship between two items, you can trace back
"through" effects. Where is the Receiving Database being checked? Trace back
to the origination symbol, follow through the effect and continue tracing to
the Transport symbol that shows it is in the Receiving Office!