About submission hierarchies

A submission hierarchy defines a set of relationships between contributors and approvers. It can be used to quickly create the submission process for an assignment among many users. A hierarchy provides a convenient way to create assignments, especially if submission and approval follow a hierarchical organization of users. Contributors, approvers, start dates, and deadlines can all be applied to an assignment that has multiple steps.

Modelers can create and maintain a submission hierarchy in the predefined User dimension. When you define an assignment by using the Create an Assignment Definition wizard, you can use a submission hierarchy.

Each parent-child relationship in the submission hierarchy can cause an assignment instance in which a parent member in the User dimension is an approver, and the child members of that parent are contributors.

Note: Submission hierarchies can only be applied to assignment definitions. They cannot be used for assignment instances.

Defining the start date and submission deadline

To define the start date and submission deadline for an assignment instance, you have two options, both based on submission hierarchies:

  • Use the same start date and deadline for all assignments in the submission hierarchy. By using this option, users at higher levels of the hierarchy can submit their assignments without having to wait for people below them to finish.

  • Give each level in the hierarchy a specific number of days to complete the assignments, and stagger the start of assignments at each level based on this period. This provides a basic level of dependency between the assignments.

The following table shows an assignment schedule that was created by setting a fixed number of five days to complete the assignment at each level in the hierarchy.

Contributor

Approver

Start date (days from assignment start date)

Submission deadline (days from assignment start date)

User1

User7

+0

+5

User2

User7

+0

+5

User3

User8

+0

+5

User4

User8

+0

+5

User5

User9

+0

+5

User6

User9

+0

+5

User7

User10

+6

+11

User8

User10

+6

+11

User9

User11

+6

+11

User10

User12

+12

+17

User11

User12

+12

+17

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