Consultant’s Corner: Organizational Charts

Q. What is the optimal way to structure an organizational chart of business processes? Are there commonly used modern tools that I can use for this?

Flow charts are still the common tool to illustrate business processes and related employee jobs in a graphical or textual view. The following are example product comparisons and explanations of process flow chart tools (some free and others for a fee) to help you consider and develop process flow charts for your business situation:

http://asq.org/learn-about-quality/process-analysis-tools/overview/flowchart.html

http://www.technologystudent.com/designpro/mssprod1.htm

http://www.rff.com/flowchart_samples.htm

http://www.edrawsoft.com/example-process-flowchart.php

http://www.smartdraw.com/flowchart/flowchart-software.htm

Also, you can review organizational chart software through industry resources like the following:

http://www.smartdraw.com/organizational-chart/examples/

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Bill Wortman is the Chief Business Consultant for GoSmallBiz.com, with over 40 years of business experience. In addition to 12 years consulting small business owners, Bill’s professional career includes a big-eight CPA accounting firm, national consumer finance, big-three automotive manufacturing, Arby’s fast food, marketing, and other industries. He’s held multiple executive-level positions and fulfilled the role of CFO at large, publicly held (NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX) corporations. In addition, he’s been an owner of private ventures involving residential real estate development and a General Motors new car dealership.