I was wondering if there is a difference between process layouts and userflows when it comes to ux? Or are they the same but can be mentioned in either name?

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    I don't think I've come across the term "process layout" in the context of UX. Do you have an example of this term being used? – Matt Obee Mar 17 '15 at 9:47
  • In addition, you'll have to define - ideally via an example - what you consider a user flow... some do not see it as the same as others. – Izhaki Mar 17 '15 at 15:59

Process layouts describe real-world or abstract processes without accounting for the system supporting them. For example, you may define that each task in your development process goes through 3 main stages:

  • Design
  • Implementation
  • QA

The term user in user flows denotes how the user progresses through the supporting system. The user flow for the process above may be:

  • Choose a project [projects page]
  • Choose a task [task list page]
  • Change stage [task page]

The whole process mentioned above is practically realised in the last step of the user flow. So in this case there isn't 1:1 mapping between the two (which is common when the process is of abstract nature).

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