I built a workflow where the requirement is that all tasks have a group of users assigned. And so it happens that a task is often accessed simultaneously by 2 people. They get no notification that the task is open so they start working on the large task form and the slower of both will get a message in the end (while trying to submit) that the task has already been completed.
Is there a solution, a trick or a workaround to this situation because I can see how frustrating this can be? I'd appreciate to hear your approach.
I have but that had no effect because that way the workflow created as many tasks as there are assignees and those are treated as separate items. So I returned to creating a single task for all, assuming this will work but as long as the task is Pending and you have the permissions to edit it, SharePoint will allow you to, with no notification that it might be currently open by somebody else from your group.
It does indeed. But the task form is quite large and it takes time to fill in. So if 2 people open it at (relatively) the same time, by the time you fill in everything, someone else might have done it a little quicker than you and you end up with your time wasted, because this response is no longer required (the WF has moved on).
And with an Invoice Processing workflow with tens of instances per day, AP doesn't seem to feel any boost of productivity
Roger, I believe they are at adjacent desks And if this turns out the SharePoint limitation it looks like, users may actually have to embrace verbal communication (God forbid)