Flowchart for a Process

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Flowchart for a Process

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Flowchart for a Process
OPS/571
April 12, 2010

The process selected for improvement is the process of deciding what to wear each day. These are days going to work and not going to work. As can be seen within the flowchart (figure 1) below there can be up to six possible decisions to make so as to wear something deemed appropriate for a particular situation. Although each situation is not shown, the more frequent situations are. Use of a flowchart in this instance will show how to best simplify the real-life process of determining what to wear each day. As in the article on construction operations, inefficiencies as well as high costs were found to exist using other methods such as discrete-event simulation- ultimately flowcharting is seen to reduce the costs and remove the inefficiencies in process analysis. In this instance use of the flowchart will reduce the inefficiencies in a daily process.
Figure 1
The factors that affect the decisions are dependent on the situation involving others more so than the situation itself. Individuals create the need to dress differently in each of the given situations. The outcome of dressing will be the measure of the process. As shown in the flowchart several outcomes are possible. Using a method of tracking the outcome as shown in figure 2 below is the best method for tracking.
Figure 2

During the next six weeks the topic and the results will expand and continue to show how ultimately to reduce the amount of time needed to make the decision of what to wear each day.

References
Essam Zaneldin, & Tarek M Hegazy. (1998). Flowchart-based simulation of construction operations. AACE International Transactions,IT31-IT36. Retrieved April 12, 2010, from ABI/INFORM Global. (Document ID: 39284796).
Mark W Lehman. (2000). Flowcharting made simple. Journal of Accountancy, 190(4), 77-88. Retrieved April 12, 2010, from Accounting & Tax Periodicals. (Document ID: 62273173).