Goal status overview in Adobe Workfront Goals

NOTE

Your organization must have the following to use the functionality described in this article:

  • A Pro or higher Adobe Workfront plan.
  • An Adobe Workfront Goals license in addition to a Workfront license.

Contact your Workfront account manager to learn about a Workfront Goals license.

For additional information about access to Workfront Goals, see Requirements to use Workfront Goals.

Goal statuses indicate whether a goal is active and currently recording progress, or if it is inactive, drafted, or already achieved.

Consideration when updating goal statuses in Workfront Goals

Overview of goal statuses in Workfront Goals

For information about creating Workfront Goals goals, see Create goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

For information about activating goals, see Activate goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

Goals can have one of the following statuses in Workfront Goals:

Draft

  • This is the default status for a newly created goal. For information about creating goals, see Create goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

  • Workfront Goals does not record progress on a drafted goal.

  • You cannot check in on a drafted goal.

  • You cannot close or deactivate drafted goals because they lack progress information.

  • Drafted goals do not contribute to the progress calculation of other goals, and they are not taken into account in graphs.

  • Drafted goals display in the following areas of Workfront Goals:

    • Goal List
    • Check-in section (only as an aligned goal)
    • Goal Alignment section (only as an aligned goal)
    • Pulse section
IMPORTANT

After you change the status of a goal to any other status, the goal can never be placed in a Draft status again.

Active

  • You can activate a drafted goal only when you associate it with a result, an activity, or align another goal to it. Activating the goal changes its status to Active. For information about activating goals, see Activate goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

  • Workfront Goals records progress on active goals.

  • Active goals contribute to the progress calculation of other goals, and they are taken into account in graphs.

  • Active goals display in the following areas of Workfront Goals:

    • Goal List
    • Check-in section
    • Goal Alignment section
    • Pulse section
    • The progress of active goals displays in graphs
  • You can re-activate a Closed or Inactive goal.

Inactive

  • You can deactivate an active goal when the owner stopped working on it temporarily or permanently. You can keep it for historical information. This updates the status of the goal to Inactive.

    For information about deactivating goals, see the “Deactivate goals” section in the article Delete and deactivate goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

  • You cannot deactivate a drafted or closed goal.

  • You can reactivate an inactive goal and continue to work on it.

  • Workfront Goals does not calculate progress on inactive goals.

  • You cannot check in on an inactive goal.

  • Inactive goals do not contribute to the progress calculation of other goals, and they are not taken into account in graphs.

  • Inactive goals have a progress history because they were once active, unlike drafted goals.

  • Inactive goals display in the following areas of Workfront Goals:

    • Goal List
    • Goal Alignment section (only as aligned goals)
    • Pulse

Closed

  • You can close a goal when you want to indicate that you have achieved it or that you are no longer working on it nor will you do so in the future. For information about closing goals, see Close and reopen goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

    TIP

    If you plan on later working on a goal that is not yet achieved, we recommend you change the status to Inactive instead of Closed.

  • You cannot close goals that have never been activated, like drafted goals.

  • You can reopen a closed goal and continue working on it.

  • Workfront Goals stops recording progress on closed goals.

  • You cannot check in on closed goals.

  • Closed goals display in the following area of Workfront Goals:

    • Goal List
    • Check-in section (only as aligned goals)
    • Goal Alignment section (only as aligned goals)
    • Pulse
    • Information from closed goals is also taken into account in the Graphs section.

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