Complete by dates in workflow task
We have an automated workflow set up that has a full production cycle in it going from creative briefs to publish all based on typical task timelines (2 days to create the brief, 14 days to write the article, 2 days to edit the article, etc).
We have contract-based writers who we give a specific number of articles each pay period to write, so we need to assign them the complete set of articles so they can get them back to us before the pay period is over. We may want to publish those articles much later in the calendar cycle, however.
If we change the "copywriting" task "complete by" date to all be on the same date based on our payment schedule and yet have our "publish dates" for the project/article to be exactly when we actually want to publish them no matter how much further in the future that is, will that work? Can we set a task "complete by" to be different than the standard timeline we set up in the automation, as long as it is far enough in advance of the publish date that the writing would be complete in advance of the publish date?
So for example:
Workflow timeline is set for 4 weeks to publish.
We create the article for a June publish date.
We want the writer to give us the article in April. Can we set that task's "Complete by" date to April and still keep the rest of the automated workflow going based on the publish date?
Yes, you can and the simplest way to do this is to change the task duration for the writer to give us the article in April. Can we set that task's "Complete by" date to April to a duration of zero.
That enables you to set a complete date for that task that is independent of the other task deadlines and the overall content items deadline. Setting that duration to zero cause the automated workflow, and any updates to the deadline, to essentially skip over any tasks that have no duration, and have a manually inputted deadline.
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