data flow diagram

  

Definition

A two-dimensional diagram that explains how data is processed and transferred in a system. The graphical depiction identifies each source of data and how it interacts with other data sources to reach a common output.

Individuals seeking to draft a data flow diagram must (1) identify external inputs and outputs, (2) determine how the inputs and outputs relate to each other, and (3) explain with graphics how these connections relate and what they result in. This type of diagram helps business development and design teams visualize how data is processed and identify or improve certain aspects.


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  • You should make a data flow diagram and then break it down to figure out how you can go about improving your business.

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  • When you are looking at a data flow diagram you should be trying to come up with ideas for how to fix any problems.

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  • It will be much easier to understand how these systems work together once you've looked at the data flow diagram, but first let's talk about the systems individually.

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