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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Development Cookbook by Ed Musters

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Using Visio 2010 to create workflows

Visio 2010 now includes a SharePoint Workflow template, allowing the ability to design your workflow visually before you implement that workflow with SharePoint Designer 2010. After designing the workflow, you can directly import it into SharePoint Designer for implementation / modification. You can then even export the workflow back to Visio to see / confirm the updates.

This round trip between the tools Visio and SharePoint Designer is important so that you can visually walk through the workflow with your user, make modifications to the diagram, and rapidly prototype / implement the functionality. That is, the overall time from initial design of a workflow to the final product is now substantially reduced! ...

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