Flow charts

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Flow-Charts revolve around the decision phase they are therefore most appropriate for action planning scenarios where the chain of events is likely to change dynamically as it opens out, see the diagram below which shows the fundamental features of a flow-chart:

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For illustration a typical application is in research planning diagrams for R&D projects. This is in sharp contrast to critical path diagrams, which have no decision nodes, and so presuppose a pre-planned sequence of events as in recurring, routine-based, situations like house building. There are, of course, many flow-charting and project planning software packages that can assist in constructing action planning flow charts, but simple charts can easily be done by hand (see above).