The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) uses the commonly accepted approach of flow charts to show how a process flows beginning to end. NJDOT utilizes two types of flow charts - Top Down Flow Charts and Swim Lane Flow Charts.
A Top Down Flow Chart shows the
high-level view of how a process
works and the major activities
and the relationships between the
activities (the logic). Presently,
Top Down Flow Charts are published
as Portable Document Format (PDF)
documents only with no embedded
hyperlinks to additional activity
A Swim Lane Flow Chart, also known
as Cross-Functional Flow Chart,
shows the high-level view of
how a process works and the activities
and the relationships between
activities (the logic). By using
Swim Lanes, the flow chart also
shows how key stakeholders are
involved with each activity.
In a Swim Lane Flow Chart, the
involved stakeholders are assigned
their own lanes. Any activity
they are responsible for will be
listed in that lane. Arrows are
used to show how activities are
sequenced, or how the process moves
through the organization.
Each activity is linked to a process activity description page, which is a complete look at an activity including a detailed description and links to predecessor and successor activities, guidelines, recommendations, forms, and templates.
A Swim Lane Flow Chart is more detailed than a Top Down Flow Chart.
Some of the files
below are in PDF format.
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which is available free from
the state Adobe
to view the files.