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Types of Effort


There are three types of effort in Wrike: Basic, Daily, and Flexible.


If you add Basic or Daily effort to tasks that have job roles among assignees, job roles will also be taken into account when Wrike calculates effort. Flexible effort can only be allocated to users and not to job roles.

Basic effort type

Basic effort type works when your team members have to switch between several tasks during the day, and all task assignees equally contribute to its completion.

When Basic effort type is selected:

  • Effort and duration are completely independent of each other.

  • Effort is spread evenly among duration and all task assignees.

Use case example: Estimate if all tasks can be completed during a workweek.

Daily effort type

Use the Daily effort type to allocate a certain amount of effort per day for each task assignee in the form of hours per day or the percentages of users’ daily capacity:

  • Set a specific number of hours per day a user(s) should work to complete the task. The total effort for a user(s) in the task is then calculated as (the number of hours per day * the task duration * the number of assignees). If you shorten or extend the task duration, the total effort is re-calculated automatically.

  • Set a percentage of the working day that a user(s) should spend working on a task. The total allocated effort for the task is similarly calculated as (the users’ allocated percentage per day (in hours) * the task duration * the number of assignees).


    The default users’ daily capacity used for the Daily effort type is 8 hours and it can’t be changed.

    For example, a user can work on two tasks at the same time, and using the Daily effort type, you can allocate 50% of the user’s daily capacity to be spent on each of the tasks. If the tasks have 5-day durations and the user is a single assignee, the total allocated effort for each task will be 50%(4 h/d)*5days*1 assignee = 20 hours. If the tasks have two assignees, the total effort of each task will be doubled: 50%(4 h/d)*5days*2 assignees = 40 hours.

Use case example: Estimate the required effort based on the task complexity.

Flexible effort type

Select Flexible effort type to gain full control over effort allocation.

When Flexible effort type is selected:

  • You can specify the number of hours independently for each assignee and working day.

  • You see how many hours you've already allocated and the total effort, so you always know how many hours are yet to be allotted.

Use case example: Tasks that require a different amount of time from different assignees and on different days.


  • You can enable Flexible effort in Task view, but specifying the exact hours of effort for users can only be done on Workload charts.

  • Hours specified using this effort type are fixed to the user and nominated date(s). Rescheduling or reassignment will clear the previously set effort.

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