Swim lanes are a popular way to overlay organizational considerations onto your process flow. The classic version of Navvia required all processes to be rendered using horizontal swim lanes. The new drag & drop version supports the following options:
No swim lanes: Navvia now allows you to draw flowcharts without the use of swim lanes. This can be very useful for capturing a simple process, a procedure or even a request flow where an organizational overlay is not required.
Horizontal swim lanes: Best suited for processes that flow from left to right. BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) typically uses a left to right flow.
- Vertical swim lanes: Best suited for processes that flow from top to bottom. UML (Unified Modeling Language) typically uses a top to bottom flow. Vertical swim lanes are also a great way to show change of state in a process, where each column is a state (such as open, work in progress or closed).
The style you chose is often a matter of taste. You are able to mix and match these options if you desire.
IMPORTANT NOTE: when inserting or moving a swim lane its important you see the red "insertion line". This line identifies where the lane will be dropped or moved to.