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Oracle® Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Process Management
11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7)

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4 Working with Activity Guides in Process Workspace

This chapter describes activity guides in Oracle Business Process Management Workspace. They can organize and lead you through the various processes in which you have assigned tasks.

This chapter contains these topics:

4.1 Understanding Activity Guides

Activity guides organize your tasks into milestones. Each milestone is a specific set of tasks for you to complete, either on your own or in collaboration with others. For each milestone, the activity guide tells you which tasks to complete and in which order. You complete a milestone by completing all the tasks it contains for you. Depending on the nature of the task, you can save an unfinished task and resume it later.

Figure 4-1 shows an example of an activity guide.

Figure 4-1 Sample Activity Guide

This graphic is described in the text.

Using an activity guide, you can:

4.1.1 Why Use Activity Guides

As in the example in Figure 4-1, an activity guide can help organize the tasks involved in an onboarding process. The activity guide moves the user through the correct sequence of steps in the process. In this example, one milestone is Personal Info, which includes the task Validate personal info.

In an activity guide, users can act on only those tasks presently needing their attention in the current milestone. Once they have completed all their tasks for that milestone, they can act on the tasks for the next milestone. They cannot act on tasks in future milestones or on those assigned to other users.

4.2 Navigating Activity Guides

When you select the Activity Guides tab, the tab page displays the Activity Guide List.

The upper section of the Activity Guide List shows a process list displaying all the processes currently moving through the system.

Table 4-1 lists and describes the columns in the process list displayed in the Activity Guide List subtab.

Table 4-1 Process List

Column Description

Title

Two possible values:

  • Combination of Process Name and Instance Number

  • Input provided by the end user when instantiating the process

Status

Current status of the activity guide process

Initiated

Date the process is initiated

Instance #

A number assigned to the activity guide process when the process gets instantiated from the Oracle Fusion Middleware Control

Process Name

Title provided by the process designer in the BPMN editor while modeling the Activity Guides Process

Composite Name

Oracle BPM composite name with revision number

Last Updated

Most recent date the activity guide was updated


To display a process activity guide in the lower section of the page, select the process from the process list. To display a process activity guide in a separate tab page, right-click the process in the process list and select Open in separate tab. This separate tab page refreshes to whatever process you later select from the process list.

The left section of the activity guide displays the guide's navigation panel described in Table 4-2.

Table 4-2 Activity Guide Navigation Panel

Element Description

Activity Guide Refresh

Refreshes the navigation panel if any action is performed in the current activity guide process outside of Process Workspace.

Activity Guide Completion progress bar

Shows the percentage of completion of the current activity guide process.

Completed Tasks

Number of tasks the currently logged-in user has completed out of the total number tasks in the current activity guide process.

Task Filter

For the current activity guide process, specifies the type of task to display in the task details pane. Options:

  • All

  • Required

  • In Progress

  • Completed

  • Optional (Tasks that are not mandatory in the process, but that still require a user to explicitly skip)


The right section of the activity guide displays the details of the selected node in the activity guide process tree.

For information about the Task Details page, see Section 1.3.1.2, "Using the Process Workspace Task Details Page".

4.3 Showing or Hiding the Activity Guide Tab Page

If you are an administrator, you can specify whether to show or hide the Activity Guide tab page. If you choose to show it, you can make it the default tab when a user logs in.

For instructions on how to show or hide the Activity Guide tab, and to make it the default, see Section 9.2.10, "How to Specify, Show, or Hide the Default Tab Pages in Process Workspace".