I need to be able to use the action "Wait for field to equal value" to make the workflow wait for the user to make a change in the current item. The field it would look at has two options, Approved and Rejected, and I would need it to proceed with either option chosen. I attempted to run it parallel, but just as I thought it would, it waited for both options to be selected. What I really need is the option to say "Wait for field to equal Approved OR Rejected, but that doesn't seem to be an choice.

My next thought is to make both "Approved" & "Rejected" variables that equal 1. That way if the field equals 1, then it will continue. The logic makes sense, but I don't know if this possible to do in SPD or how to do it.


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out of a blog that helped me saying:

...By default a parallel block will wait for ALL actions to complete before it moves on. This was a stumbling block that I had run into before. However, if you right click on the block and choose “advanced properties” you can tell it to continue if a Boolean workflow variable becomes true. So for my workflow I for either approved or rejected I set a variable I called ApprovalStatusFinished to true which allows the workflow to continue without waiting for the other parallel step to also complete.

  • Thanks for the link. I set the Approved and Rejected in two separate steps that run parallel to each other and went to the Advanced Properties and set the CompletionCondition to a variable called "ApprovalStatus1Finished". Do I need to plug this variable in anywhere? Based on the description, if the property evaluates to be true, then the other elements in the parallel block are cancelled. Otherwise they will be completed. So if it is approved, shouldn't the statement equal true and cancel out the Rejected step?
    – cbbrown
    Mar 6, 2017 at 16:09
  • Since my last comment I added a few extra things into each step and realized that the boolean workflow variable does work, but it stops at the end of each step and won't transition to the next stage of the workflow. Is this normal?
    – cbbrown
    Mar 6, 2017 at 19:04
  • after each step? I would say: no. Stages end up in the Transition to stage area. see documentmanagementworkflowinfo.com/sharepoint-2013/…
    – Celophysis
    Mar 7, 2017 at 6:39

I also found this page that has step-by-step images and instructions on how to fix this issue.


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