By Joni Wyatt on September 07 2019 15:53:27
Even simple flowcharts make sense and can help break up the monotonous text. The last thing you want in any research or technical paper is to have too many paragraphs of solid text without enough whitespace, or graphics. Too much text without enough breaks, actually defeats the purpose of memory retention and comprehension by the reader.
If you pick up any college business textbook and page through it quickly you will see lots of flowcharts, often in Color which use different shapes to signify each step of the process along the way. In fact, you will often notice that such illustrations and graphics artwork come in 3-D, along with the multiple colors.
There is a reason for this, as it has been found by psychologists, researchers, and neurologists that such graphics are much easier to remember when they are done this way. This means that the human reading the text book, manual, or technical paper will indeed remember the step-by-step process long after he has reviewed the material.
The author and team should consider whether it may be beneficial to cover some of the tasks in multiple separate procedures - there are no hard and fast rules. The best approach is to assure a clear and easy understanding of the process. All that can be said is that a flow chart generally is easier to use if it less complex. Also, if a flow chart focuses on one process or functional area it provides easier future change and control.