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I have to design the workflow where a user sets up multiple tasks that will run automatically.

Those tasks have two possibilities:

  1. They do something simultaneously - Task 1 and Task 2 run at the same time.
  2. First Task 1 runs and then Task 2 runs.

Any ideas on how I can improve the actual design so users know that they can set tasks to run at the same time, but also know there is a then option?

mockup

Thanks in advance.

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You can group all tasks that have to run simultaneously. Something like this:enter image description here

When "Add task" under "When complete..." is clicked a new task is created in a new group and the button changes to "Add simultaneous task" like the group above.

  • I think this is backwards. I would expect all the separate, top-level groups of jobs to be simultaneous, and within each group for the jobs to be sequential. But if your assumptions are right, I like this UI. – Wildcard Oct 11 '16 at 17:05
  • @Wildcard It's just an example that I created on top of the OP's image to explain the idea of grouping. But you might have a good point that the top down approach isn't ideal. – jazZRo Oct 11 '16 at 17:22
  • Thank you for the idea, jaxXRo. It totally clarifies the 'And' and 'Then' sections for the task. I am just not convinced about the two boxes, I think it may look confuse if users decide to have workflows like A - Task 1 'And' Task1 B - 'Then' Task 2 C- 'Then' Task 3 'And' Task 3 Thank you :) – hdm Oct 12 '16 at 8:51
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If the tasks are always occurring either simultaneously (AND statements) or sequentially (meaning that any THEN statement is always occurring after or before any AND statements), then why not just have any THEN statements be a totally new step in the workflow?

It is also beneficial to the user to display the steps/tasks as actual text. When they want to edit it, then show them the dropdowns, but users understand if/then language more clearly as text than as a set of dropdowns and operators.

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