Prevent a task from being updated as completed if all subtasks have not been completed

Is there a way to prevent a task from being updated to completed if all subtasks have not been completed?  Seems odd that can have a task with uncompleted subtasks and still be able to mark the parent task as completed.

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Hi Eric Sayasene, thank you for reaching out! It's not currently possible at the moment, so I can move your post to the Product Feedback forum 👍

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I'd prefer a warning message instead of prohibition in such a case. Maybe this would be a good task for the automation!

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Thank you for sharing this idea Florian Kislich!

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Is there a solution yet for this request? 🤔 I am stumbling across this all the time in our projects where parent tasks are closed out while buried child tasks are still open. We need a "Sub-Task Blocking Condition" on the parent task workflow to prevent this from happening.  Anyone who has taken any type of Project Management training knows that you never close out a parent before all child tasks are set to a finished/cancelled/deferred state. We constantly see work being missed because Wrike doesn't prevent the closure of the parent. The pop up that asks the closure question only stays up a few seconds and users often move on without reading it. 

 

 

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Hi Michael Kelley, we have recently announced a feature in our automation that enables you to automatically complete all subitems in case the parent item has been marked as completed. Would that be helpful? 

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Lisa - Good morning - thank you - however, we would not want the bot to auto close subtasks, as it will not know if the works was actually been completed.  99% of the time, the parent task owner has failed to check to see if all subtasks, many buried several levels, are completed prior to closing the parent task. Our parent tasks in projects are often overseen by one person (sometimes managers) and the subtasks are assigned to other assignees on their teams.  We need a stop/check that prevents the parent task from being closed by accident.  The popup that closes in less than 10 seconds isn't working.  People become rushed and miss the popup.

A suggestion: 1) modify the popup - make it more prominent - and make the user click a button to "confirm" they want to close the parent without closing the subitems.  If they do not click the confirm, the parent remains open.  This is likely the best option, as others in this thread have mentioned they would like to not prevent closer without subitems being closed.  But this is not a standard/typical Project Management procedure.  We need a safeguard to make certain work gets completed.

If you can think of another suggestion that can help us, I am all ears.  I always appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

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I understand Michael Kelley, and I really appreciate your detailed feedback! I'll now share it with Alina who owns automations in Wrike 👍

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I'm checking to see if this has been addressed by Alina?

 

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Hi Kristy Schaan, thank you for your comment, at the moment, this is not possible. However, I've passed your comment on to our Product Team and we will keep you updated in case there are any changes implemented 👍

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Just reviewing the above, is there any progress on the availability of this function? I've read the suggestion that completing the main task should be contingent upon the completion of all its subtasks. Has there been any progress on implementing this? It seems like a very useful idea? 

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Hi Spencer Wilby, welcome back to the forums 👋

We don't have updates at the moment, but our team is aware of this feedback. We'll let you know if there's any news on this in the future. 

Is there anything else I can help you with? 

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