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Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

Hello community, I'm new in nintex, I have a workflow (W1) with an approval process that creates "n" task in the workflow task list. We need to create another workflow in the workflow task list so when a task is created by W1 a new workflow (W2) is executed on create item in the task list.

Is there any issues with that approach? It is a bad/good practice? Locked tasks and related issues can appear? Can this approach affect the performance (a lot of task will be created)? the task form list get slower because of the workflow?

Thank you very much.

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

There's no issue with creating a workflow on the workflow task list.  However just from a design perspective, what do you need the second workflow to do, that the first one can't accomplish?  

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

you definitely can run into locking issues  -  

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

May be you can try creating another task list for the second task. It is better if you can explain the requirement.

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

The main workflow generates "n" task per item that must be approved in parallel. The task has three possible answers (Approve, Reject, Request Changes) and the logic to handle the answers and control that all approvers have finished the task is in the task item workflow.

So many task are created, each task trigger a workflow when is modified to handle the answer and my concern is that the workflow can generate issues in the tasks.

Thank you all.

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

as already asked by Sojan Mathew‌, can you provide details what's so specific on your process requirements so that it can not be handled with main/list workflow and that you want to create a workflow on task list?

what's the exact logic task list workflow should encompass?

once we know details one can provide suggestion for other/better approach.

next I would encourage you to use community search functionality and you will definitely find plenty of other problems reported with workflows and other customizations on task list

see 3 more examples that appeared among top search results

https://community.nintex.com/docs/DOC-1307
https://community.nintex.com/message/28247-error-task-is-currently-locked-by-a-running-workflow-and-...
https://community.nintex.com/message/30242

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Re: Is there any issue in creating workflows in a task lists?

Agree, there is no general problem in using workflows in the workflow task list but you can easily run into problems locking tasks and confuse workflow. I'd suggest to try to find alternatives to manipulating anything in the workflow task list and only do it as the last option.

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