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Suspending a Lifecycle

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This article applies to Planview Enterprise 11.5 and greater.

Required Global Option

For Work Below PPL lifecycles: Enable Lifecycles below Primary Work and To Maximum Depth, which is set to a depth greater than PPL.

For another type of lifecycle: Global option that enables that type of lifecycle, such as Enable Primary Work Lifecycles or Enable Strategic Lifecycles.

Prerequisites

At least one status is controlled by a lifecycle. For more information, see Status Rules System Options.

Lifecycle actions relevant to status changes support adding a Wait step that suspends a lifecycle until a related item's status changes to a particular value. Such a step allows child lifecycles to pass information back up to the parent and control its progress, or the step allows child lifecycles to advance independently to a particular point and then, effectively, wait for permission from the parent to proceed.

To suspend a lifecycle until entities reach a specific status:

  1. On the menu bar, click Administration > Architecture > Lifecycles.

  2. In the appropriate section (Administer Initial Lifecycle Models or Administer Incremental Lifecycle Models), click the relevant lifecycle model type.

  3. Take the action appropriate for the type of lifecycle model:

    • For an initial lifecycle model, click the relevant lifecycle segment.

    • For an incremental lifecycle model, click the lifecycle model. Then click the relevant lifecycle segment.

After you click a lifecycle segment, the Edit Lifecycle Model screen displays a diagram control, lifecycle diagram, and menu.

  1. If necessary, navigate to the lifecycle diagram location at which you want to suspend a step.

  2. On the appropriate step, click the Action menu button. Then click Insert Under.

  3. On the Object Type list, click Status Change. Then click OK.

  4. On the Action list, click Wait for.

  5. If the lifecycle model is for strategies and the screen includes a Status Type list, indicate whether the wait action is relevant to waiting for related strategic entities or associated or allocated work by clicking Strategic or Work (respectively).

  6. On the Target Status list, click the status entities must reach before the lifecycle continues.

  7. If the lifecycle is for strategic entities or for work below the primary planning level (PPL) and the On list is available, click one of the following options. Note: Whether you can make selections from the On list and which options are available depend on the type of lifecycle model.

    • PPL Parent specifies that the primary work parent of the entity must reach the target status before the lifecycle can proceed to the next step.

    • Strategic Parent or Immediate Parent specifies that the immediate parent of this entity reach the target status before the lifecycle can proceed to the next step.

    • All Strategic Children or All Immediate Children requires that all direct children of the entity reach the target status before the lifecycle can proceed to the next step.

  8. Click OK.

  9. Set the step's characteristics as appropriate.