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  6. Dialog Task

Dialog Task Dialog Tasks represent a full conversational flow between a user and a virtual assistant with a network of nodes that are connected using conditions.

For example, if you create a banking VA, the tasks you want your VA to do for users is to:

  • Retrieve and monitor account balances.
  • Provide alerts for expenditures or low balances.
  • Transfer funds
  • Pay bills
  • A combination of these or more.

Dialog tasks also handle multiple user intents within a single conversation. For example, Pay Bills is a typical question in a Banking VA, followed up with Transfer Funds or Check Balance. You can create a dialog task to encompass a full conversation with multiple outcomes as a single task.

A dialog task begins with a root intent, Pay Bill; can branch out into subtasks, Check Balance; then return to the primary task. The branch flow is determined at the runtime by the user input or selection.

Why Dialog Task?

As a developer, you can define Dialog Tasks to:

  • Create a conversational flow between the user and the virtual assistant.
  • Build dialogs with branching paths based on user inputs and responses.
  • Invoke a child flow within the context of the current flow.
  • Define and reuse dialog nodes connected by defined conditions.
  • Add custom JavaScript to the conversation flow.
  • Add event handlers and get or update the conversation context through Webhook.

It is recommended to end a dialog task with a message node. In the absence of a message node, the dialog task can not find closure and reverts to Small Talk/Intent not Found standard messages.

Create Dialog Task

To create a dialog task, you must have already created a virtual assistant to add a dialog task to.

To add a dialog task, follow the below steps:

  1. Open the virtual assistant in which you want to create the dialog task.
  2. Select the Build tab from the top menu.
  3. From the left menu and click Conversational Skills -> Dialog Tasks.
  4. On the Dialog Tasks page, click the Create Dialog button.
  5. Enter a name for the dialog task in the Intent Name field. Optionally, you can add a description.
  6. You can add user utterances that should trigger this intent using in the Intent Training. You can add them later from the user intent node that is generated within this task.
  7. Set options
    1. for the task to be an independent or sub-intent dialog
    2. to hide from help requests by the user
    3. to specify the context tags as intent preconditions – this will ensure that the intent would be detected only when the context tag is present
    4. select Create using New Conversation Driven Dialog Builder which was introduced in ver9.0 of the platform. This is the default setting and recommended.
      If you do not select this option, you will be prompted to Upgrade whenever you open the dialog task
  8. Click Proceed.
  9. The Dialog Builder displays with the root intent component and User Intent window with the Component Properties tab selected by default.
  10. If you have selected to upgrade to the new builder you can see the following:
    • The Conversation Builder is presented by default. To know more about conversation builder, refer here.
    • Close the conversation builder to access the Nodes panel.
    • The new dialog builder, to work on it refer here.
  11. You can choose to continue with the legacy builder, refer here for more.

Now, you are ready to add nodes and establish transitions between these nodes for your workflow. Click here to know about Nodes & Transitions.


There are scenarios where you need to create two similar dialog tasks with minor differences. You can achieve the same with the Clone option available for the given dialog from the Dialog Tasks page.

To clone a dialog task, follow the below steps:

  1. Open the virtual assistant in which you want to clone the dialog task.
  2. Select the Build tab from the top menu.
  3. From the left menu, click Conversation Skills -> Dialog Tasks.
  4. On the Dialog Tasks page, hover over the dialog you want to clone and click the Clone icon.
  5. On the Clone a Dialog window, enter a name for the dialog task in the Intent Name field.
  6. Optionally, you can add a description and set options for the task to be an independent or sub-intent task.
  7. Click Clone.

The following are the properties of a cloned dialog task:

  • It contains the same component, instance, NL, IVR, and connection properties as the original dialog.
  • The Dialog Settings, Interruption Settings, and Amend behavior are also copied from the original dialog.
  • If multiple languages are enabled in the original dialog, then the details for all languages are copied.
  • The below-listed intent level NLP training data is not copied:
    • ML Utterances
    • Intent Patterns & Rules
    • Intent Synonyms

Dialog Builder

The Dialog Task Builder is the user interface to build Dialog Tasks. Dialog Tasks consists of a set of connected nodes and branch paths the virtual assistant can take based on a user conversation. Click here to know about how to use the Dialog Builder Tool. For legacy builder, refer here.