Issue: Workflow breaks in conditional check. Task assignments happen as expected but when a conditional check is made, the workflow gets suspended and does NOT proceed further.
Solution: If the logic is using values from a drop-down field in the list,

  1. Assign it to a workflow variable first and
  2. Use that for comparision and progressing the flow of the work(flow) so it flows through the flowing process without any flowterruption…(you get the idea)

Here are a couple of errors that weren’t very easy to read for me and got resolved by using the variable instead of direct drop down comparison in the conditional logic:

  1. RequestorId: 6af60554-722a-25a9-0000-000000000000. Details: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the workflow instance. Exception details: System.FormatException: The input source is not correctly formatted. —> System.Xml.XmlException: Encountered unexpected character ‘C’. at System.Xml.XmlExceptionHelper.ThrowXmlException(XmlDictionaryReader reader, XmlException exception) at System.Runtime.Serialization.Json.XmlJsonReader.ReadAttributes() at System.Runtime.Serialization.Json.XmlJsonReader.Read() at Microsoft.Workflow.Common.Json.JXmlToJsonValueConverter.MoveToRootNode(XmlDictionaryReader jsonReader) at Microsoft.Workflow.Common.Json.JXmlToJsonValueConverter.JXMLToJsonValue(XmlDictionaryReader jsonReader) — End of inner exception stack trace — at Microsoft.Workflow.Common.Json.JXmlToJsonValueConverter.JXMLToJsonValue(XmlDictionaryReader jsonReader) at Microsoft.Workflow.Common.Json.JXmlToJsonValueConverter.JXMLToJsonValue(Stream jsonStream, Byte[] jsonBytes) at Microsoft.Activities.DynamicValue.ParseJson(String json) at System.Activities.CodeActivity`1.InternalExecute(ActivityInstance instance, ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager) at System.Activities.Runtime.ActivityExecutor.ExecuteActivityWorkItem.ExecuteBody(ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager, Location resultLocation) Exception from activity ParseDynamicValue DynamicActivity<Boolean> Conditional Branch – divisions match Approved ControlFlowStep Start a task process – Director No Conditional Branch – IsDirector Sequence If If While State Machine – start with PendingApproval Sequence Flowchart Precision Workflow.WorkflowXaml_6082b5e4_5914_4290_bd2f_b4ecc8df5dab
  2. RequestorId: 6af60554-722a-25a9-0000-000000000000. Details: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the workflow instance. Exception details: System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format. at System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean parseDecimal) at System.Number.ParseInt32(String s, NumberStyles style, NumberFormatInfo info) at Microsoft.Activities.Expressions.ParseNumber`1.Execute(CodeActivityContext context) at System.Activities.CodeActivity`1.InternalExecute(ActivityInstance instance, ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager) at System.Activities.Runtime.ActivityExecutor.ExecuteActivityWorkItem.ExecuteBody(ActivityExecutor executor, BookmarkManager bookmarkManager, Location resultLocation) Exception from activity ParseNumber<Int32> FormatString IsEqualString Conditional Branch – divisions match Approved ControlFlowStep Start a task process – Director No Conditional Branch – IsDirector Sequence If If While State Machine – start with PendingApproval Sequence Flowchart Precision Workflow.WorkflowXaml_6082b5e4_5914_4290_bd2f_b4ecc8df5dab

Solution workflow at a glance:

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Resulting smooth operations…smoooth operationsss…isn’t there a song like that? I think there is, perhaps I am just happy that this is resolved…oh well! If it helps ya, give a like.

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