Swimlane Diagram Examples

Swimlane Diagram Example

Businesses use swimlanes to map out cross-team procedures and find out where they can be streamlined. A well-drawn swimlane can make a big difference for your company: it saves time, money, and resources.

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What are swimlanes?

Swimlanes are a tool for outlining tasks in a process. Perhaps the best way to describe a swimlane diagram is that it’s a flowchart or activity diagram that’s surrounded by a container which divides various steps in a process into lanes. Each lane corresponds to a team or individual that takes some action along the way, and is labeled accordingly.

The template below illustrates a swimlane according to these principles. You can see that a standard flowchart has been contained and divided by lanes. To edit this example template for your own purposes, simply label each lane, and then map out the steps of your process. If you need to add more steps or lanes, just click on the appropriate shape and you will be prompted to expand your diagram.


Swimlane diagram example

Swimlane diagram example

More swimlane template examples

Lucidchart provides users access to a community library with hundreds of diagram and examples templates. Find everything from fun flowcharts to complex UML component diagrams. No matter what you’re trying to illustrate, we have a shape library that can help. If you’re looking for more swimlane templates, try the links below or sign up to browse the full range of diagramming elements.

Basic horizontal swimlane

Basic horizontal swimlane

To get started on swimlanes, check this template for a basic horizontal diagram. Drag from the corners to adjust container size, or click on any shape to change its colors. We even support transparent options!

Basic vertical swimlane

Basic vertical swimlane

Chart a basic vertical swimlane with this bare-bones template. In Lucidchart, it’s easy to turn on multiple shape libraries, so you can add any type of shape to your swimlane diagram. Try choosing some of the flowchart or UML options first.

Swimlane for ordering process

Swimlane for ordering process

This is a detailed diagram for how businesses respond to a customer order. It’s great for understanding how many components can go into a process. Review the flow and pay attention to whenever it changes lanes.


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