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2472453 - Group Goal Not Affected by Write Permissions


  • This KB article references group goals and how they are affected by "write" permissions on the XML template
  • The "write" permissions for a field are removed for everyone in the XML template file
  • Group goals and team goals creation can still be edited in the field


SAP SuccessFactors Goal Management

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Create a new team or group goal
  2. Establish the creator can edit a field that should be "read-only"


  • Both group and team goals behave differently than other goal plans. They are not affected by the write permissions in the goal plan XML template
  • The only write permission is with the "cascade-update" field, which determines if those who had the goal assigned to them can edit fields. The creator of the goal can still edit fields regardless of this setting


For each field-definition tag in the XML template:

  • Set cascade-update to "push-down" if only the creator of the goal plan can edit the goal field
  • Set cascade-update to "regular" if the assignee of the goal plan can and will be able to edit the goal field


  • There is no setting to prevent the creator from editing a goal field.
  • If cascade-update is set to "push-down" it will follow the group goal permission on the goal plan
  • If cascade-update is set to "regular" it will follow the regular field permissions on the goal plan


SF, Success Factors, PMGM, GM, read, only, write, cascade, update , KBA , LOD-SF-GM-GG , Group Goals & Team Goals , Problem


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