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Visualize Complex Processes with Microsoft Visio

By : David J Parker, Šenaj Lelić
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Visualize Complex Processes with Microsoft Visio

By: David J Parker, Šenaj Lelić

Overview of this book

Every business has process flows, but not all of them are fully described to or verified for accuracy with each stakeholder. This not only presents a risk for business continuity but also removes the ability to make insightful improvements. To make these complex interactions easy to grasp, it’s important to describe these processes visually using symbology that everybody understands. Different parts of these flows should be collaboratively developed and stored securely as commercial collateral. Visualize Complex Processes with Microsoft Visio helps you understand why it is crucial to use a common, systematic approach to document the steps needed to meet each business requirement. This book explores the various process flow templates available in each edition of Microsoft Visio, including BPMN. It also shows you how to use them effectively with the help of tips and techniques and examples to reduce the time required for creating them, as well as how you can improve their integration and presentation. By the end of this book, you’ll have mastered the skills needed to create data-integrated business flowcharts with Microsoft Visio, learned how to effectively use these diagrams collaboratively, but securely, and understood how to integrate them with other M365 apps, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Power Automate.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)


In this chapter, we learned how we can enhance our process flowchart diagrams with themes, variants, and shape styles. We also saw how we can visualize data by using color by value or adding text callouts, icon sets, and data bars. We then learned how we can control the visibility and color of many shapes simultaneously using layers.

With all these abilities to mix many colors of shapes and text, we also became aware of the need to make our diagrams accessible by providing sufficient contrast and alternative text, and sorting the tab navigation order. We will learn more about this in Chapter 11.

Finally, we considered the options for producing flowcharts in multiple languages.

In the next chapter, we will understand how we can control access to our documents while providing the ability to review, comment, and collaborate with the necessary individuals or teams.