What is a Swim Lane Diagram?

A swim lane diagram is a visual tool used to show how a process flows from beginning to end. Each step is broken down in detail to determine what needs done, who is involved, and how goals will be met.
By arranging various data elements into specific categories and showing how they function, swim lane diagrams make it easy to see how efficient a process is and where improvements can be made.

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Why make Swim Lane Diagrams?

Swim lane diagrams are excellent tools for laying out, step by step, how a process should flow. When looking for areas of improvement, they make it easy to identify problems and what caused them.
When used effectively within an organization, swim lane diagrams can clearly define what each department does, and who holds responsibility.

Why use MindManager as your Swim Lane Diagram Software

1. More Powerful Sharing with HTML5

2. Powerful Integrations – With apps like, Asana, Google Docs, Google Docs, Box, or OneDrive

3. Better Project Planning & Management

4. More Visual – With over 700 topic images added to the Image Library

5. More Convenient – Quickly store, retrieve, and share MindManager files using simplified file management

MindManager is one of the best swim lane diagram creators on the market. With the powerful features and tools listed above and many more you will be creating swim lane diagrams in no time!

How to make a swim lane diagram

  1. Identify which areas need their own lanes in your diagram.
  2. With a clear starting point, create an appropriately labeled node for each lane.
  3. Add steps throughout the lane that explain the workflow for your particular process.
  4. Connect each step with lines that clearly show which way the process flows.

Get started fast with templates!

MindManager comes pre-installed with many templates for you to choose from. To use these templates:

  1. Open MindManager
  2. Click NEW in the navigation menu
  3. Select the template you want to use
  4. A preview screen will appear, check to if you want to use your selected template
  5. Select Create Map
  6. Customize the template for your specific project

Create more than just swim lane diagrams with MindManager

Use MindManager for more than just swim lane diagrams, with MindManager you can create timeline charts, knowledge maps, idea maps, gantt charts, and so much more!

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