Visio – Professional Flowcharting and So Much More
Visio is an extremely powerful and versatile design tool.
It can be used for a variety of different functions in business including organisation charts, network diagrams, workflows and office plans.
Often overlooked while people fight to create diagrams in other tools not designed to create them, Visio gives you powerful functionally to create professional diagrams and charts quickly and easily. It is probably one of the most underused packages that can provide so many benefits.
Visio has been around for some time now and if you have Microsoft Office then it is possible that you may already have Visio. If not it can be easily purchased. There are two versions of Visio, Standard costing less than £100 and Professional with more enhanced features. All of the features we talk about here and those that are covered on our course are included in Visio Standard edition.
Visio is widely used to build organisation charts, design office floor plans and create flowcharts and cross functional diagrams which can be used as aids to managing processes and assigning roles and responsibilities within an organisation. But it’s so versatile that you can even use it to create road layouts.
Visio provides a diverse set of templates which contain stencils and pre-drawn shapes according to what you are trying to create, to get you started. As Visio is a design tool there is inbuilt scaling. This means that any floor plan, network diagram or room layout you wish to design will be accurate to the millimetre when scaled up. There really are so many benefits to using Visio that any individual will gain so much from learning how to use it to its full capability.
Here are just some of the things it can create:
- Process diagrams
- Organisation charts
- Cross functional diagrams
- Network diagrams
- Office plans
- Brainstorming diagrams
- Cause and effect diagrams
- Road layouts
Visio is a very flexible program that can be used across your business. By training your team on how to use the tool it will allow you to streamline your processes and see some immediate benefits in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. Giving people a graphical way to view processes can help aid understanding and better communications between teams.
Come on our Visio Masterclass to learn how to use the tool to it full capacity. Aimed at new users or those who have started to dabble in the tool, our course will show you how to create flowcharts and organisation charts, cross functional diagrams and process diagrams. We provide hints and tips around how to create such things quickly and easily, for example using the stamp tool, auto connect, resizing shapes and centring diagrams. Plus we look at how you can export and publish your diagrams and data.