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Workflow Development Life Cycle: It Can Get Messy!

As you know, one of the investments areas in workflows in sharePoint 2010 is the full workflow development life cycle. This cycle starts with information workers modeling the workflows in Visio which can then be imported to SharePoint Designer (for further declarative customizations) and finally to Visual Studio 2010 for developers for hard-core coding and customizations.

Well, the life cycle (Visio >SPD > Visual Studio) may seem to be straightforward, however, it’s not always a clean process! For example, during modeling if someone decides to have an approval activity in the model, below is what the poor developer will get in the workflow design canvas in Visual Studio 2010:


Workflow modeling and development, like anything else in SharePoint 2010, requires planning and education for all project stakeholders!

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