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Author's profile photo Susan Keohan

Reverse Engineer your SAP WF learning?

I am not an educator by any means.  But I am a learner.  And sometimes I feel as though I need to get my hands ON something in order to understand it.  I remember someone once told me that writing something down helped a person to learn.  I’ve found that to be true, over the years.

And it turns out there is real science behind that. 

I have also had the experience of doing VAK worksheets with one of my kids.  The results were surprising – I would have thought our learning styles were diametrically opposed, but they weren’t.  You can learn more about Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning by going here. 

So it’s good for all of us to know what particular styles of learning suit us best.  When it comes to software, for me, it’s all about the nuts and bolts. I like to click, dig in, and drill down to see what happens when, and why.

Are you the same way?

Perhaps you’ve taken all the SAP offerings on, for instance, SAP Business Workflow.  Maybe you’ve done the tutorials found here.   (See, I’ve included a visual for those who are more visual-spatial than others 😉 )

You may have turned on a workflow or two also, which is great!

But did you know there is a highly secret transaction which will allow you to test out MANY different workflow techniques?

Do you want to test out Wait Steps? Or perhaps Deadline Monitoring? What about testing out an Asynchronous Method?

Got you covered.

Transaction SWUI_VERIFY will give you over 50 (in ECC) test workflows using a variety of techniques that you can start with a button. 

You can then use your favorite workflow reporting tool (mine is SWI2_FREQ, but we’ve already discussed that) to see which SAP-delivered workflow was started, and then drill in to examine the details.  Drill into the containers to see what’s what in there. 

Go on out to PFTC_DIS and view the workflow definition as a whole.  Find out what is really behind these workflow techniques. 

Later in life, as you encounter real life challenges that you are being asked to solve with workflow, you can think back and say ‘Hmmm, yes, I may have seen something like that’.

You can also copy these WF_Verify* templates and then you can play with them.  That’s how the hands-on learning works best (for me).


So I do recommend that you familiarize yourself with what works best for you as a learning strategy.  And if you are into learning about SAP Workflow, try out SWUI_VERIFY.

Already done that?  Share your comments with the community.  That may be almost as good as writing it down with paper and pencil.

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      Author's profile photo Rick Bakker
      Rick Bakker

      Thanks Sue! This is very useful, I'd never heard about this.

      SAP is full of these little secrets.

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      On this:

      Share your comments with the community.  That may be almost as good as writing it down with paper and pencil.


      I agree and it not only helps the community, it helps yourself 🙂

      Thank you Sue

      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Ah... an oldie but a goodie.. look learn move on.  It's been in the WF menu the whole time you know... maybe we need upgrade tips... e.g. I expand all the menus and go hunting, and then there's always doing SE16 on table TSTCT for everything starting with SW*, and these days ditto with SICF and workflow.   Occasionally the release notes in SAP Library Help even give you a clue.....

      But good hunting... who knows one day you may even try out the new look workflow log !!! #justayin 😉

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jocelyn,

      Oh, I know that transaction has been around forever.  I came across it as I was working on a <ahem!> special project and thought I would give it a whirl.  Somehow over the years, that was lost to me, and I think it would have been helpful to use.  One gets so familiar with using their favorite set of transactions, that the ones available in the menu paths go unnoticed.

      As for the 'new workflow log' give me the technical details every time.  Change can come slowly, but at least I recently switched over to the graphical editor from the alpha editor.  😆

      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Sue, congrats on your baby steps into new editors!  Btw the old log is ok for showing everything in a screenshot...but the new log turns all that info into handy links which I find makes support a lot quicker. #justsayin 

      Author's profile photo Rob Dielemans
      Rob Dielemans

      Interesting! I might have forgotten about this transaction.

      A bit like DWDM for ABAP (try it out if you don't know this one)


      Author's profile photo Murali Krishna
      Murali Krishna

      Thanks  Susan for sharing the helpful information


      Murali Krishna.

      Author's profile photo Chaudhury Sourya Prakash Dash
      Chaudhury Sourya Prakash Dash


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for the blog Susan. Wish I knew this one earlier 🙂 .
      Also, thanks Rob for DWDM.