Configuration, Worflow Rule

[ART-002] Workflow Rule Implementation Pattern

This pattern will help you write workflow rules that can be activated or deactivated based on Profile or Permission Set assigned to user.

Naming Pattern

ComponentWorkflow Rule
Ex: Account_WF001_UpdateCity
DescriptionFree text
Ex: Update the field City on each update.
ComponentWorkflow Task
Subject LabelWord1 Word2
Ex: Call Customer
Unique NameObjectName_Word1Word2
Ex: Account_CallCustomer
ComponentName & Unique Name
Workflow Email AlertObjectName_Word1Word2
Ex: Account_OwnerNotification
Field UpdateObjectName_Word1Word2
Ex: Account_UpdateCity
Outbound MessageObjectName_Word1Word2
Ex: Account_UpdateExternalSystem

Step 1

Create 2 Custom Permissions to handle activation and deactivation of the rule.

Permission 1Permission 2

The first one will be used to deactivate all workflow rules when the Custom Permission is assigned Profile or Permission Set.

The second one will be used to deactivate only this workflow rule.

Step 2

We are going to write a simple workflow rule for the Account object based on a standard.

DescriptionThis is a POC.
Evaluation CriteriaChoose the one that match your business case:
– created
– created, and every time it’s edited
– created, and any time it’s edited to subsequently meet criteria
Rule CriteriaFormula evaluates to true
Formula Below
   NOT($Permission.BP_ALL_WF) &&

Now you can save your formula and play with some records and profiles / permission sets to see the magic.

The workflow should run if  :

  • The user has no global or local bypass assigned
  • The result evaluates to true


There are other ways to design workflow rules, with custom hierarchical setting or fields on user, but it implies less flexibility and more maintenance. Here, we have not been able to handle Workflow Rule based on country attribute because Custom Metadata Type is not available. There are 3 solutions to this:

  • One workflow rule per country with name finishing by the country code “Account_WF001_POC_FR”, we should avoid it as much as possible as it make the number of rule, complexity and maintenance grow.
  • Rule that embeds some countries sharing the same actions: It will minimize the number of rules but it can reach limits depending on the number of country to test. It also can be complex and impact maintenance.
  • Use Process Builder instead : We are using less and less Workflow in the benefits of Process Builder except for Outbound message that it’s not yet covered and some time depending on governor limits (ex: Number of flow execution per hour, limit that workflow don’t have). So, if Process Builder can solve your use case then go for it and don’t turn back to Workflow,

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