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Plan, share, and document your work with diagrams and models that help your team innovate.
Software development projects require work and input from all types of teams, from engineering, to marketing, to even executives. How do you communicate effectively to keep your own team on the same page and provide important information to others outside of your team, some of whom may not have the same level of technical expertise? Visuals simplify the process and the message so you can create alignment and go to market faster with great software.
Process modeling is how you visually document the way your team works. It can take many forms, such as a flowchart or a BPMN diagram. These models are especially important for onboarding team members, but process modeling also allows you to:
When you need to communicate certain aspects of software architecture to different audiences who require different levels of context and information, it’s helpful to have all your information together in one diagram. When you create your C4 model in Gliffy, it can help you:
Software engineering projects involve many people beyond the development team, and they may need to stay informed of both current progress and future plans. Creating a product roadmap for cross-functional communication is important because it will:
Clear documentation streamlines the process of onboarding new developers, pinpointing problems quickly, and planning for future updates—and visuals make good documentation even better. Enhance your software architecture documentation with diagrams that represent your software’s systems and code for more efficient work, easier understanding, and better collaboration.
Running into issues during a project can cost a lot of valuable time and resources, so it’s wise to use a diagram to create structure and share ideas before ever writing a piece of code. UML diagramming is valuable to your software team because it allows them to:
Understand the structure of a database at a glance with an ER diagram, the standard for database diagramming. The more complex your data or relationships are, the more important it becomes that you can visualize this structure. When you create your ERD with Gliffy, you can:
Capture the increasingly complex flow of information through a system with a data flow diagram. Developers and engineers use these diagrams as a framework to support their work in many ways. With the help of a data flow diagram, your software team can:
Data Flow Diagrams
The ultimate goal of a software team is to deliver high-quality products to the market as quickly as possible, and diagrams can be a game-changer toward achieving that goal. Keep processes running smoothly, easily support and maintain products, and reduce rework with a visual network infrastructure and standardized deployment processes.
An organization’s enterprise cloud computing services are often complex and multifaceted. Along with helping non-technical stakeholders understand the infrastructure that supports their day-to-day work, visualizing your organization’s cloud architecture with a diagram also allows your team to:
Cloud Architecture Diagram
Planning out the internal structure of your API before building it leads to more practical and efficient work. However, the planning process is a major challenge for many organizations. Start implementing your API strategy with a diagram and:
Planning and structuring releases, managing new changes, and maximizing developer productivity are all challenges that often require a complex workflow or branching strategy. Gitflow diagrams visually describe these flows and make it easier for you to:
"I do all sorts of software design and architecture diagramming with Gliffy. I am able to capture a variety of perspectives on a given system in this way and the resulting diagrams are extremely helpful for my colleagues to get up to speed on the structure of the system."– Administrator in Computer Software
"[We use Gliffy for] Laying out complex business and system logic required for business-critical applications. It is essential in visualizing complex flows required in our software."– User in Computer Games
"Gliffy is constant and reliable, quick and easy to create technical diagrams. [...] It is friendly to anyone creating the kind of diagrams I use - system architectures, domain models, process flows, and various other UML diagrams."– Mike A. (Technical Writer)
"As a software developer or architecture or business analyst, you probably use Confluence for documentation for keeping all the information regarding your projects. [...] Gliffy is the best among others, it provides good UI and the speed of the application is fast."– Ramesh M. (Senior Consultant)
While Gliffy shines when it comes to building great documentation and supporting IT teams, it’s also a leading visual collaboration tool. Learn how Gliffy can support teams of all types with these resources.
With an easy-to-use online app or best-in-class integrations for Confluence and Jira, wherever you want to collaborate, Gliffy is good to go.