I'm working on custom approval workflow. The process assumes that each approver can invite other people for approval. For example, "Hey! We've forgot Tom! He should look at that document!".

The problem is I don't know how to dynamically extend list of approvers without cancelling already created tasks. I'm new to SharePoint workflow development, so any advice or guidance would be appreciated.

In Visual Studio I've created new SharePoint 2013 Add-In project and created a simple state machine workflow: Start --> Internal approval --> External Approval --> Approved.

As a trigger for transition from Internal approval to External Approval I use ParallelForEach over Approvers collection and SingleTask inside of body.

While the process instance is in Internal approval and tasks for approvers have already been created I want to add more approvers and create tasks for them. Existing tasks must not be cancelled.

Transition from Internal approval to External approval must happen only in case when all created tasks including new are finished.

How can I do that?

Update: Here is an example of what I want to achieve:

  1. Steve uploads a document to library and manually starts approval workflow. In workflow initiation form he chooses John and Kate as approvers and clicks Start approval.
  2. Workflow starts and reaches Internal Approval state, creates two tasks for John and Kate.
  3. After looking at the document Kate decides that Tom should also look at that document and creates approval task for him (for example using custom action).

In that case workflow instance can reach External Approval state only after completion of John's, Kate's and Tom's tasks.

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One of practice ways that you create your workflow to send approval email “single task” to one user and then this user can invite others by “Claim Release” function… there’s no way to let workflow dynamically know witch user should get the task

  • "Claim/Release" is a bit similar to what I need, but it does not quite fit. I've added an example of approval process to question. May 27, 2016 at 12:18
  • according to what I know you can not invite someone external user to workflow May 27, 2016 at 12:24

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