Deprecation of Resource Scheduling tools in Adobe Workfront

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We are currently in the process of deprecating all Scheduling tools from Adobe Workfront and replacing them with the Workload Balancer.

IMPORTANT

The deprecation of the Scheduling tools means that as of now, we are no longer implementing new feature functionality for the current Scheduling solution and we no longer consider nor prioritize defects for a fix in this area of Adobe Workfront.

This article describes a tentative timeline for this deprecation and it compares the functionality of the Scheduling tools and that of the Workload Balancer.

A more exact timeline will be announced through the Announcement Center and this article will be updated as this process continues during the following months.

NOTE

The changes described in this article do not affect any other resource management tools. For example, they do not affect the Resource Planner or the Utilization report.

How you should prepare

For detailed information about how you should prepare for the transition between Scheduling and the Workload Balancer, see Migrate from Resource Scheduling to the Workload Balancer.

If you currently use Scheduling tools we recommend that you consider discontinuing them and start using the Workload Balancer.

The global Resource Scheduling area

Most of the functionality previously available in the Scheduling areas is now available in the Workload Balancer. For information, see the section Feature availability in this article.

The global Workload Balancer area

Over time, you can continue using the Workload Balancer for all your scheduling needs, as more capabilities become available in the near future.

Information that will not transfer to the Workload Balancer

The following information will not transfer from the Scheduling tools to the Workload Balancer:

  • Daily allocations for users: You should not use both Scheduling and the Workload Balancer at the same time to adjust the same user allocations. If you have managed user allocations in the Scheduling tools, the adjusted daily allocations do not transfer to the Workload Balancer. Similarly, if you have adjusted user allocations in the Workload Balancer, they do not transfer to the Scheduling tools. We strongly encourage you to ensure that the daily allocations are accurate in the Workload Balancer to prepare for this transition.
  • Filters: If you have saved filters in the Scheduling areas, they do not transfer to the Workload Balancer. You must recreate the filters in the Workload Balancer.

Deprecation timeline highlights

IMPORTANT

Please use this article to understand the latest timeline for deprecating the Scheduling tools. Any updates to this timeline will be communicated in this article and in Announcement Center messages.

The following is a tentative timeline for the deprecation process of Resource Scheduling tools:

2020.4 release (November 2020)

  • New feature functionality is no longer implemented for the Scheduling solution
  • Only High and Critical severity defects will be prioritized for a fix
  • New Workload Balancer capabilities added to Workfront

2021.4 release (October 2021)

  • Workload Balancer is set as default for any first-time user of Workfront
  • Enhanced filters that can be shared and include additional fields

2022.4 release (October 2022)

  • No defects will be prioritized for a fix during the 2022.4 release
  • All Scheduling areas are removed from Workfront after the 2022.4 release
  • The Workload Balancer is the only resource scheduling tool available in Workfront

Feature availability

Unless otherwise specified, all Resource Scheduling features have been or will be available in the Workload Balancer. For information about the Workload Balancer, see Overview of the Workload Balancer.

In addition to existing features, the Workload Balancer has or will have new functionality that did not exist in the Resource Scheduling tools, as shown in the following table:

Features Resource Scheduling tools feature availability Workload Balancer feature availability
Available now Available soon Not planned

Access tool from the Resourcing area

   
Separate areas for unassigned and assigned work    
Apply and create filters for unassigned and assigned work    
Access work items directly from the tool    
Manually assign or unassign tasks and issues    
Adjust individual allocations    
Include issue time    
Display projected dates    
Display completed work    
Show user time off, weekends, and schedule exceptions    
Quickly assign users based on roles*    
Quickly replace users*    
Quickly unassign users*    
Access tool from a team    
Access tool from a project    
Work-license users can adjust user allocations
Display issues in the Unassigned Work area
Assign and unassign tasks and issues by dragging and dropping*    
Visible to all Plan users, without being designated a Resource Manager on the project.      
Group information by project      
Share the Workload Balancer with users with no access to the Resourcing area      
Display and adjust allocations by week      
Access users directly from the tool      
Access more information about work items without navigating away, using the Summary panel*      
Display and adjust allocation as a percentage value      
Display the difference between the available and allocated time      
Display user availability in a chart      
Color-code work items and projects by Project Status      
Automatically update Planned Hours as you adjust user allocation (for tasks with a Simple Duration Type)      
Suggest assignments based on the user's assignment pattern, existing Role or Team assignments      
Enhanced filters that can be shared and include additional fields      
Make advanced assignments      
Color-code work items by projects and project status      
Add users to the project team  
Automatically assign tasks and issues    

*These features are available only in the new Adobe Workfront experience.

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