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I see two problems in your current design. Unclear hierarchy, which leads to user lost in the interface. Users have reported of this problem, as you mentioned. Lack of system feedback. It's hard to know (or remember) which items are finished and which require executing wizard. So my proposition is to use Master-detail pattern to organize the items ...
I personally would go with: An icon to show which item is currently being edited Another background color to highlight selected items Something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups
If you do stick with slider and the lock icon, or equivalent device, it would make sense to put the icons all the way to the right (though left could work too). Oftentimes in grid views, actions are stacked on the right side of a list item. Reason is that the range slider is giving you continuous feedback during the interaction on both the left (in %) and ...
A solution to this may be that when a maximum is reached, that the sliders cannot be moved any further, until the user reduces another. This allows them to have control of where percentages are being adjusted instead of some automatic adjustment by the sliders them selves. Only comparable examples I can think of a data usage calculators for pay monthly ...
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