Get started with results and activities 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.

When you create a goal, the goal has a status of Draft. For information about creating goals, see Create goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

In order to start recording progress on a goal, you must activate it. To activate your goal and change its status to Active you must first add the following to it:

  • A result
  • An activity
  • An aligned goal

After at least one of these items is added, you may activate the goal. You must update the results and activities of goals to indicate progress on the goal.

IMPORTANT

A goal cannot have more than a total of 50 activities, results, or aligned goals.

This article gives an overview of activities and results. For information about aligning goals, see Goal alignment in Adobe Workfront Goals.

Results overview

Results measure the progress of your goal or how close to achieving it you are. As the goal owner, you can also own the result. A result to your goal might also be assigned to a different user.

For information about adding results to goals, see Add results to goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

You can add results to your own goals or goals that belong to other entities in your organization.

Consider the following when working with results:

  • They answer the question, “How will I know when my goal is complete?”

  • They are metric indicators. You can select from the following options to indicate a progress for your result:

    • Currency
    • Number
    • Percentage

For more information about results, see the list of similarities between results and activities in the Similarities between results, activities, and projects section in this article.

Activities overview

Activities, like results, are specific and measurable, and typically include a percent complete indicator. As the goal owner, you can also own the activities associated with the goal. An activity on your goal might also be assigned to a different user.

For information about adding activities to goals, see Add activities to goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

Consider the following when associating activities with your goals:

  • They answer the question, “What will I achieve when the goal is complete?”

  • You can associate the following activities with goals:

    Manual progress bar

    Custom entries that can be thought of more in terms of complete or incomplete. They must be manually updated.

    Project

    Existing projects that you have at least permissions to View and are not in a status of Dead. They are updated automatically, based on the progress of their work items.

    The projects must exist before associating them with the goal. You can associate a project with multiple goals. For information about adding projects to goals, see Overview of connecting projects to goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

For more information about results and activities, see the list of similarities between results and activities in the Similarities between results, activities, and projects section in this article.

Similarities between results, activities, and projects

Results, activities and projects are goal progress indicators. Although you connect a project to a goal the same way you connect an activity, there are some differences in the way you manage projects versus the way you manage activities. For information about adding projects to goals, see Add activities to goals in Adobe Workfront Goals. For information about projects connected to goals, see Overview of connecting projects to goals in Adobe Workfront Goals.

The following table displays similarities and differences between results, activities, and projects, as goal indicators:

Feature Results Activities

Projects

 

You can customize their name in the Workfront interface
You cannot add them to past goals.
You can associate multiple results, activities, or projects with the same goal.
You can associate one of them with multiple goals.    
Their progress is taken into account when calculating goal progress.
They must be manually updated in Workfront Goals  
They are due to complete on the goal's End Date  
They can be assigned only to a user, and not to a team, group, or the company.
They are specific and measurable and typically include set numbers that indicate their progress.
They offer a range of values between the start and end values that illustrates how close you are to achieving them. The closeness to the ending value calculates a Progress value for your goal.

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