It's not that I've got anything against Order (or method or discipline), but flowcharts have an unfortunate tendency to conjure up images of managerial mumbo jumbo, smartarses like David Miliband (bet he loves them) and an ambient temperature of irritation.
You have to admit, that's pretty cool. Nice one, Love all this.
Why was I looking at flowcharts when I obviously have an irrational objection to them? Well, it was all in a good cause, in the pursuit of writing an educational resource. I believe that when I'm writing extra material for something it should be mind-broadening, preferably elitist and definitely with a total disregard for pc fads, drawing on culture and general knowledge.
I know that general knowledge is only considered admissable in the context of a television competition, and culture is a dirty word, but I'm unapologetic cos... I drink Carling Black Label...
(Actually I don't, you can't get it in France so maybe I should have written 'cos Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach' but it's not quite so snappy, is it?)
Have you ever thought what a flowchart depicting 'love' might give? I have a feeling that even the most hardened flowcharter would be ultimately stumped. Still, if you're tempted by medecine instead, give this a go:Maybe I'm coming round to flowcharts afterall...
Technically I'm not sure that either of your examples are really flow charts. Not that it really matters. The second I would call a decision tree.ReplyDelete
Now I know that some management types like these kind of things, just like they like PowerPoint. Did you know that the Columbia Shuttle disaster can be partially blamed on the culture at NASA of using PowerPoint presentations: PowerPoint: Killer App? or here for a more detailed account:
PowerPoint Does Rocket Science--and Better Techniques for Technical Reports
In a decision making process, unless the choices are trivial, you need a wall to represent the complexity.
I strongly suspect that many of the stupidities of legeslation in the UK are because they are framed in words and not as decision trees where at a glance one could see the missed and edge cases.
Anyway that's enough huffing and puffing for one night.
Nick, you're absolutely right about the fundamental use of flow charts.ReplyDelete
And thank you for pointing out the difference between flowcharts and decision trees which are a variety but not the same. You can see how much I have to do with them on a regular basis...
Actually, I was just having a bit of fun re nerdy assistant managers, because I have an over-active imagination and a deep suspicion of management fads.
I didn't know about the shuttle disaster - amazing!
Thanks for commenting!