Workflows for Project Server part II – Guest post

Hi readers,

It’s been 2 weeks, and there was a good deal of traffic coming in for the previous Workflow related guest post. Here is the second post, this time a short but very usefull one, written earlier by Hester Blok on her own blog. Here we go:

In this previous post I told you about the value you should insert in your workflow for the Optimizer Decision field. This week I found out that this works fine in our on prem PPM, but it doesn’t in Project Online.

I’ve tried filling in  -1, 0, 1 and 2, but the workflow keeps sending the project to the Not selected stage. Then I eliminated the condition from the “Transition to stage” step in the Portfolio selection stage, hoping that when I committed a portfolio scenario the workflow would automatically send only the selected projects to the next workflow stage. It didn’t. All projects went to the Selected stage.

I posted the question on a MSDN forum and soon enough came the redeeming answer. Here it is: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/projectonline/thread/d765714c-fe0f-4c25-a06d-23620836c254.

Why did it work in our on prem PWA (or seem to work)? I don’t know and frankly, I don’t care. I’m going to stick to this list!

Final notes

I believe Hester has a useful and very specific solution once you work with the Optimizer Decision field in your Workflow for Project Server, and Project Online. Stay tuned for the last of this 3 part Workflow guest post serrie!

And let us know in the comments what you think of Hester’s writing and blog.

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