In our setup there is Change management flow with following Phases:
First 2 phases are Approval Phases. We have customized to move to next phase automatically whenever a change is approved. This we have added cm.next.process in next process for cm.update.save process with condition of approval phases.Also based on subcategory value Executive Approval phase should be skipped for which we added a calculation in Executive Approval Format Control
subcategory in $file='XYZ" $phasepntr=3;currnt.phase in $file="Update Group"
Everything is working as expected.. But the problem here is when Change with subcategory XYZ is approved in Manager approva phase even though it goes to third phase automatically, an approval pending record for executive approval is added in Executive approvers inbox....
without going deeper in the topic, there is mistake in your calculation
$phasepntr=3;current.phase in $file="Update Group".
Also if you say that you have added the condition on the Executive approval phase it means that the change comes to that phase and creates approval and only after that you are forcing it to skip to third phase. You should retailor it to the first phase closure or try to do that in cm.close.save process