How to do Workflow Process Mapping [3 Easy Steps]

Every organization has business processes. How well these processes operate determines the efficiency of your business.

To get the most out of your processes, it’s essential to do workflow process mapping. Meaning, you need to create “process maps” of your workflows, which is, in most cases, done using flowcharts. This comes with a lot of benefits to your organization…

Workflow process mapping, however, isn’t the easiest of tasks. It requires input from employees across all levels of the organization, sometimes even including outside consultants.

At Tallyfy, we have internal process experts that help us map, improve, and optimize our workflow processes.

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Here’s how we approach workflow process mapping.

Workflow Process Mapping in 3 Easy Steps

Before you can even start with workflow process mapping, you need to figure out how, exactly, you’re doing the mapping. There are 3 possible options…

  1. Pen & Paper – The most straightforward option is to just draw the process flowchart on a piece of paper. While this option’s really easy, it’s not all that useful. You can’t share it with your employee efficiently, for example. Or, you can’t make any edits to the process without having to re-draw it from scratch.
  2. Graphing Software – Tools like or LucidChart allow you to create flowcharts online. You can then either use the software’s internal database to store the workflow diagrams or export them and save them on your own server.
  3. Workflow Software – Workflow Management Software is essentially graphing software on steroids. While you can’t create flowcharts per se, you can instead create digital workflows. You input the workflow in the software, and then it automatically ensures it’s execution.

Then, once you’ve picked the tool, you need to pick the process you want to map. While it’s good to have all of your processes mapped eventually, you have to start somewhere.

Our rule of thumb here is to first list out all of the company processes. Then, sort them by importance – which process has the most impact on company products or services?

Now, you can sort them by performance. The ones that are performing the worst goes on top.

So at this point, you should a good idea of where to start – critical company processes that are also underperforming. These are the ones you want mapped ASAP.

Once you’ve picked the process, you can start with the workflow process mapping.

Step #1: Bring Together a Team

Chances are you probably don’t know everything there is to know about the workflow you’re mapping. To get the picture right, you need to gather a team consisting of employees, senior management, and potentially a process expert.

The input from your employees can be a priceless asset in making the process map accurate.

The team should consist of around 7-10 employees. You want all the relevant company departments to be represented. But then again, you should don’t want to have 20 people on the team, as that would make the initiative too slow.

If you’re part of a large corporation, the team can also act as evangelists for future process improvement initiatives. If you end up deciding to make major changes to the process, this might seem threatening for some of your employees (“maybe my job will become irrelevant?”).

Your team will help carry out the right message – that the changes you’re making are good for both the organization and the employees.

Step #2: Gather Information & Data

Most of your employees carry out the process with some variation. You need to figure out what’s the best approach and document that. Hence, you need to interview the employees who are working on the process first-hand. To get the best out of the initiative, you can even ask them for input on how to improve the workflow.

At this stage, you should also figure out the following…

You could also, optionally, determine what’s the process input, output, and duration. This can help benchmark the process if you’re planning on doing any improvements.

Step #3: Create the Workflow Process Map

Now that you have all the needed information, you can get started with workflow process mapping. This can be a bit different depending on whether you decided to go with graphing software or workflow software. So, we’ll explain how you’d go about with each…

Creating a Workflow Using Graphing Software

The first step here is to pick your favorite tool. For the sake of the example, we’ll cover LucidChart. As a given, you need to first create an account.

Then, pick the flowchart template…

lucidcharts create flowchart

Pick a name for the workflow, and name each block for a step within the workflow. Here’s a workflow process map example for a support process…

Support Process example

As a given, you should connect the blocks based on the sequence of tasks, leading up to the final task (which ends the workflow).

Finally, you can save the workflow and export it as a PDF (or whichever document type you need).

lucidchart process export

Creating a Workflow Using Workflow Software

Workflow process mapping is a bit more complicated if you decide to go with workflow management software, but the additional benefits you get are well worth it:

So, if this sounds more up your alley, here’s how to set up workflows using the software.

As a given, step #1 is to create an account. If you want to give Tallyfy a try (it’s free!), simply head over here and register.

You should then get all the relevant employees on board the software so that it can assign relevant tasks.

So, hit the “new” button and then “invite co-worker.”

new coworker step

Fill in the form with employee credentials & repeat this as many times as needed…

fill in coworker form

Once you’ve got everyone on board, you can start setting up the workflows. You can do this in the “templates” section by clicking “create new.”

workflow templates screenshot

Pick a name for the workflow (for example, employee onboarding) and fill in the steps…

create process steps

Depending on your needs, set up the instructions on how to complete a workflow step in the description,  set deadlines, and so on.

fill in workflow step details

Once you’re done with workflow, you can launch it from the template library and the system will take it over from here!

  Want to learn more about different types of workflow management systems? We’ve got a guide for that!

Next Step: Improving Your Workflows

Now that you have completed the workflow process mapping (for one or more of your processes), you need to figure out how to improve it. This is, after all, one of the most important benefits of mapping workflow process mapping.

Process improvement, though, is a completely different topic (and it’s not the easiest, either). If you want to learn more, you can check out some of our further readings…

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