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Parent page: Browser-based Access & Management
An integral part of the Altium NEXUS collaborative design environment is the support for Workflows, that guide a company's designers through typical, everyday design processes such as:
Each Workflow that is used to implement a particular design process is created as part of a Process Definition. Processes, and their Workflows, are created and managed through the Altium NEXUS Server's browser-based interface - by an Administrator of that Server. For more information, see Creating & Managing Processes.
When designing in Altium NEXUS, a designer can access and initiate any of the processes that have been activated for use at the administrative level. Interaction with a process - or rather its defined workflow - is through Tasks. A Task relates to a user task defined within the workflow - a point at which action by a user is necessary for the workflow to progress.
Tasks can be browsed from the Tasks page of the Altium NEXUS Server's browser interface. This page lists all of the tasks currently outstanding for the signed-in user, and which require action (for example a task related to a project reviewing activity, or a part request). Each task is a specific stage reached within an associated process workflow.
The left-hand side of the page presents active (outstanding) tasks for the signed-in user. For a standard (non-admin) user, the list of tasks is automatically filtered so that only tasks requiring their attention are listed.
Each tasks is listed in terms of the following:
If there are a large number of tasks, use the Search field above the list to quickly zero-in on the desired task - filtering acts on the Title of the task, as well as its Name.
Click on a task entry to have its associated form presented on the Form tab, on the right-hand side of the page. The form presents all information and fields that have been defined for that specific user task - by an administrator when crafting the process workflow - in order to obtain choices, information, or data from the user, which will facilitate the onward progress of that workflow.
To view the underlying workflow for the task's parent process, make the Diagram tab active. The diagram not only shows the complete workflow for the process, but also the point that has been reached in that flow - the user task which you are currently addressing, reflected by the inclusion of your name.
Interact with the form as necessary to complete your task. This could mean choosing an option, making a comment, or attaching additional files/data. What needs to happen is typically specified within the form, and any data you require to perform your task - for example conducting a design review - is usually provided with the form, or as a link. Provided the form for a user task has been crafted intuitively by an administrator at the time the process (and its workflow) were defined, you will be able to efficiently complete each and every task assigned to you, with no ambiguity, and no need to query what needs to be done - unless of course a user has requested a new managed part for example, and has not provided enough information for you to act upon, in which case you can complete your task by choosing that more information is required!
Any user can view all currently active (or closed) processes for a specific managed project - provided that project has been shared with them. From the Projects page of the NEXUS Server's browser interface, click the Open control () associat ed with a managed project - or click on its name - to access the detailed view of the project. Make the Activities tab active to see a listing of all Active activities associated to the project. From here, you can see at-a-glance what tasks are outstanding across those activities, and which user(s) are assigned to perform those tasks.
Any user that has submitted request(s) for new managed part(s) will be able to view all currently active (or closed) processes relating to those request(s). From the Part Requests page of the NEXUS Server's browser interface, you can see at-a-glance what tasks are outstanding across those requests, and which user(s) are assigned to perform those tasks.
When a user is signed into the Altium NEXUS Server through Altium NEXUS, their current list of tasks will be available through the Tasklist panel. Clicking on a task's entry will access a dialog containing the form associated to that task.
To view the underlying workflow for the task's parent process, make the Diagram tab active. The diagram shows the complete workflow for the process, and the point that has been reached in that flow - the user task which you are currently addressing, reflected by the inclusion of your name.
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