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What is a Swimlane Map?

A Swimlane Map is a process map that separates process steps by function, department or individual. Each lane represents a different department or individual. The process map is called a swimlane because the map resembles a pool with lanes identifying the different groups in the process.

Swimlane Map Template


Recommended Resource: LucidChart

Alternative process mapping App (with a free version). This is a web-based application for constructing flow charts and process maps.

Click here to connect to LucidChart.

To learn how to use the Swimlane Map and how to apply Lean or Six Sigma, check out our Free Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt TrainingGreen Belt Training or Lean Training.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.
  • Tony

    Love the template – thank you!