IDEF0 stands for Integration Definition for Process Modelling, a public-domain methodology used to model businesses and their processes so they can be understood and improved. It's a type of flowchart diagram that uses activity boxes, connectors, and text blocks to represent the functions, inputs, outputs, controls, and mechanisms of a system.
If you want to create IDEF0 diagrams with Visio, you can use the built-in template that comes with the software. In this article, we will show you how to use the template and some tips to make your diagrams more effective.
Step 1: Open the IDEF0 Template
To open the IDEF0 template in Visio, follow these steps:
In Visio 2013 and newer versions: Click the Flowcharts category, select IDEF0 Diagram and then click Create.
In Visio 2010: Under Template Categories, click Flowchart > IDEF0 Diagram > Create.
In Visio 2007: On the File menu, point to New, point to Flowchart, and then click IDEF0 Diagram.
You will see a blank drawing page with a stencil of IDEF0 shapes on the left side.
Step 2: Add a Title Block
A title block provides a node name, title, and number for the diagram. To add a title block to your diagram, follow these steps:
From IDEF0 Diagram Shapes, drag a Title block shape onto the drawing page.
In the Shape Data dialog box, type a node name, such as A-0 (A minus zero), or a more complete name, such as QA/A-0, where QA is an abbreviation for the model name.
You can also type a title and number for the diagram.
Select the distance you want the title block border offset from the outside edge of the page, and then click OK.
Step 3: Add Activity Boxes
Activity boxes (also known as function boxes) represent the processes or functions that occur in the system. To add activity boxes to your diagram, follow these steps:
From IDEF0 Diagram Shapes, drag an Activity box shape inside of the title block.
In the Shape Data dialog box, type a name for the process.
For Process ID, use the default, A0, to represent the top-level process. For Sub-diagram ID, enter the ID of the decomposition diagram if this process is a decomposition.
Step 4: Add Connectors
Connectors represent the inputs, outputs, controls, and mechanisms that affect or are affected by the processes. To add connectors to your diagram, follow these steps:
From IDEF0 Diagram Shapes, drag 1 legged connector shapes onto the drawing page and drag their endpoints to connection points on activity boxes.
To add text that describes the connector, select the connector and then type.
Step 5: Add Text Blocks
Text blocks provide additional information about the viewpoint and purpose of the model. To add text blocks to your diagram, follow these steps:
From IDEF0 Diagram Shapes, drag a Text block 8pt shape onto the drawing page inside the title block.
Drag the side selection handle to stretch the text block across the width of the title block.
With the shape selected, type text to describe the viewpoint and purpose of the model you're creating. 061ffe29dd