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2732120 - Explanation of the "Type" Column in the Goal Plan and Performance Form


This article explains what controls visibility of the "Type" column on the Goal Plan and Performance Form.

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  • SAP SuccessFactors Goal Management
  • SAP SuccessFactors Performance Management

Reproducing the Issue

Behaviour on a Goal Plan:

Open Goal Plan 1 "2018 Objectives" and note that the "Type" column is available under Display options:

Type visible on goal plan.png

Open a Goal Plan 2 "2019 Objectives" and note that the "Type" column is NOT visible:

 type not visible.png

Behaviour on a Performance Form:

 1.  Open a Performance Form and navigate to the Goal section where Goal Plan 1 "2018 Objectives" is associated.

 2.  Click to Add or Edit a goal - the "Type" column is visible in the dialogue window:

performance form type visible.png

 3.  Open a different Performance Form and navigate to the goal section where Goal Plan 2 "2019 Objectives" is associated.

 4.  Click to Add or Edit a goal - the "Type" column is NOT visible in the dialogue window:

 performance form type not visible.png


  • This column will appear on the Goal Plan if Group Goals are enabled. 
  • Group Goals are enabled via the attribute allow-group-goal="true" on the Goal Plan XML Template:

allow-group-goal code.png


  • The "Type" column becomes available on the Goal Plan when Group Goals are enabled - allow-group-goal="true".
  • The "Type" column cannot be permissioned as it is not a defined field i.e. it does not have a field-definition in the XML template.
  • It is controlled via the allow-group-goal attribute, and the only way to hide the Type column is to set this attribute to "false".

NOTE: The Display Options in the Goal Plan only control whether the Type column displays on the Goal Plan itself - it does not control whether Type will appear in the Add/Edit Goal dialogue window.

See Also

Learn more about Group Goals


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