Understanding a process design is sort of like travelling on London’s underground railway – The people that use it every day don’t need a map. The people that need a map will probably lose their way in the tunnels anyway.
Mind the Gap
London Underground (The Tube) is a well known tourist magnet.
Thousands of tourists descend into the underground railway maze and try to find their way from A to B.
If you want to travel from Camden Town station to Waterloo station, you’ll need to find the southbound platform of the Northern Line and ensure you’re on the train going via the Charing Cross branch, not via the Bank branch.
(If you feel very brave, try doing it during rush hour…)
Now I don’t want to get into another futile discussion on swimlanes vs flowcharts. I’d just like to show examples of another approaches to maps.
Most people that use the Tube are familiar with the standard tube map
It has a neat and clean look, with the names of the stations and the lines. No clutter.
But what if you need details… which stations have toilets, mobile phone coverage, travel times between stations,
Steve Prentice decided to create alternative maps of the London Underground
“An important person has an expensive car, but a very important person has a driver”
I just hop onto the train and say “go”… and it goes…
Yes, we all like to whinge about our public transport system, but I quite like it…
The Stig, Hammond,May and Clarkson Cross-London Race – Top Gear
Workflow flowcharts, BPMN designs, Process maps… are there any alternative BPM maps?
Enjoy your weekend