I need to create a workflow which creates a task, then assign it to the manager1 of the user. If manager1 does not accept within 2 days, need it to escalate to the manager2. If manager2 does not accept it in 3 days, it should be escalated to manager3.

I do not like to use timer jobs as it does not exactly take 2/3 days, no Pause until as it will keep workflow holding till the number of days are gone, no looping as it consumes more resources.

What are the options I have?

  • I'm confused. You need to create a workflow in SharePoint and you don't want to use SharePoint workflow. Have you looked at other workflow engines?
    – Tom Resing
    Sep 4, 2014 at 15:07
  • No I mean this process is not generally addressed with SharePoint. Sep 4, 2014 at 16:31
  • Approval workflows are a standard process in SharePoint. You've described a custom workflow above. If you're not happy with the options in SharePoint for custom workflows, how can this forum help? Maybe you can re-word your question to make it more clear.
    – Tom Resing
    Sep 5, 2014 at 16:58

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If you're worried about the Pause Until action in SharePoint Designer as described in a SharePoint Workflow to send Email on a specific Date and Time, perhaps you might want to look at it's Visual Studio Counterpart DelayUntil.

If DelayUntil is too easy, or not enough of a difference from Pause Until, I suggest reading up on Stages in SharePoint 2013 Workflow in Visual Studio. Andrew Connell has a great write up of how things have changed in 2013 to allow better scale and performance without putting a burden on your main SharePoint Farm.

In addition, there's a very complex state machine Visual Studio example on MSDN samples from the same author, SharePoint 2013: Route workflows to states depending on actions and events. The example includes a delay.

For more on approval workflows in SharePoint, I recommend checking out the MSDN Code Samples for SharePoint. There are some great workflow examples from experienced SharePoint developers like Andrew Connell. And a few cover workflow.

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    Wait for field change waits for the list item to change. I cannot change the list item. I will be relying on task list. Aug 28, 2014 at 15:15
  • You're right. Updated to DelayUntil and added scalability and Stage information.
    – Tom Resing
    Aug 29, 2014 at 22:03
  • You can wait for item event in another list.
    – Dave
    Sep 3, 2014 at 20:13
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    It seems this is the only answer. Will see. Sep 8, 2014 at 15:55

Your process event based on time, if you use a date variable and set to it the Task created date plus the time you want (2 days, 3 days....) and make it as a due date for the managers task based in your process. I think it'll work correctly

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