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Shared WIP List / Pool Desks

WIP Lists can of two types:

  1. Contact events that are specific to a single user, or
  2. Contact events that are assigned to a Shared or Pool Desk ID which collectors defined as belong to that desk's group are able to access in a simultaneous, Shared WIP List.

Here are the steps to create a Shared / Pool WIP group:

  1. Create a Operator ID that will store the accounts for this pool. This is often best done with something descriptive to define what portfolio it contains, i.e. MED1 or BANK3 or NEW1 (if pool new bus only), etc. The Operator Type can be Collector or System, Password can be anything, User Level can be 60; no one will actually sign in with the ID.
  2. For each collector in the team, enter their Operator Setup screen and click into the Group Tab. Check the "Enable operator group" switch ON and enter the Pool desk name into the first field under Operator to the left of the Enable switch (i.e. what you named the pool desk in the step above).

    tip.gif You do not include any other user IDs in the Group Tab besides the actual Pool desk name. The purpose of this step is to get the collector access to another WIP List, NOT everybody's individual WIP list on the team.

    A collector can have access to multiple pool desks by adding additional desk IDs to their Operator Group Tab.

  3. Tag your list of accounts that you wish to transfer to the Pool desk and run a Batch Process Contact Plan to Assign Accounts to Operator, where the target ID is the Shared / Pool desk ID you created in the first step. Click No to untag the list when the process completes, because there is another batch process to follow.
  4. Run a Contact Plan that will insert a Review or Phone contact event into all of the accounts on your Pool desk ID if these are New accounts. If the desk you are building is comprised of shelf inventory and all accounts have an In Progress contact event already on them, you may skip this step and proceed to the next step below. Assigning accounts to a different Operator ID updates In Progress contacts to the ID of the new desk you transferred it to.
  5. From a WIP List window, click Reload to access the Reload Work In Progress List and use the drop-down arrow beside "Load contacts for Operator" to select the first Operator ID of the collectors you identified as being authorized to work the Pooled WIP.
  6. Click the WIP Options button. Check the switch ON for "Enable Shared WIP List" located at the bottom right of the WIP Options screen.
  7. Click " Save as Default" to update this collector's WIP permissions profile.
  8. Repeat the steps above until you have updated all the collector WIP Option profiles that are part of this portfolio team.
  9. Have all the collectors just modified sign out of Collect!, then log back in for the permission changes to take effect.
  10. These Operators will now have extra WIP list access, even if they are a User Level 60 (entry level). The collector will now be able to toggle between WIP lists for all desks that they have been authorized to work. They will not have access to any other WIP Lists.

All collectors authorized for the pool can be working the WIP List for that desk simultaneously. Time queues will pop up to whichever collector is actively migrating to the next account when the Time to work comes due for an account in the pool.

Collectors may see some additional popups while working in together on a pool desk. These are normal system notifications that the WIP is skipping the next account visible to the collector on THEIR screen because another collector in the WIP already went there/updated that.

tip.gif It is highly recommended that pool desk WIP Options be saved with "Always show next contact when" checked ON. Meaning the actual desk name (i.e. MED1). The individual collector's WIP Options do not translate to the Pool Desk options.

Once your team has loaded up the communal WIP List, the manner in which they work the accounts and advance to the next account in the queue is exactly the same as working their own, individual ID desks.

See Also

- WIP List Topics
- How to Use the WIP List
- WIP Options
- Reload Work In Progress
- Operator Group

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