[Status: Launched ๐Ÿš€] Leads and Lags with Dependencies

How does one add a lead or a lag to a dependency.

For instance, I have a SS dependency between task 1 (painting the cabinets) and task 2 (sealing the cabinets).  Task 2 can start when task 1 starts, but two hours must elapse from the time the first cabinet is painted until the sealer can be applied (I have two people working, so it's not necessary to complete the painting of the cabinets before the sealer can start going on the ones that are dry).

So for task 2 it would look something like this for the dependency: 1SS+2h

How is this done in Wrike??

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Our example:

We have a set date that tasks are dependent upon, i.e. a Grand Opening Date for a new venue. We want the ability to add leads/lags to out New Venue project template so that if that if the Opening Date is ever adjusted it reschedules all tasks based on the lag/lead. 

We currently are "shifting dates" but it's not that easy when a project can have over 400 tasks/subtasks, etc. 

 

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Thanks guys for raising this. It is standard practice to use lead and lag times, in order to have relative time planing in a project plan in place of absolute time planning. As we (project managers) all know, plans always change, some things complete faster and somethings are delayed, it is much better practice in project planning, to have task dependencies with lag or lead times, for example, start task 2, 5 days after task 1 completes. in MS Project, we use 1FS+5days, this ensures time optimisation if task 1 completes sooner, or plan adjustment if task 1 completes later. This is sorely missing in Wrike.

 

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Date constraints are an improvement to the time lag issue, however I do see a strong case for that being hours and not days. ALSO, as well as showing date constraints in different views, they should be moveable. I.e. If I need to shift a task, I understand why the date constraint doesn't move: it's showing me where I wanted that task to start and that it's no longer there. But then I should be able to move it to the new beginning of the task if I choose to in the same way as a task is dragged into a new position. It's pretty silly that they stay "stuck".

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Also voting to have lead/lag added.  It is a common item for my team and it diminishes our ability to use this tool without it.

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In the construction industry lead/lag is a crucial function of building a schedule. I have chosen to try Wrike for my business as we have team members that use both iOS and Windows based software. I hope Wrike will implement this feature sooner rather than later, as it is the one item that we immediately noticed was missing from the platform. Fingers crossed!

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I would just add another voice in support of lead/lag.  I just started using the product today and it took about 15 minutes for me to recognize the issue.  I see it's being worked on, and as others have said it's critical to my adopting the product.  I'll hang in and hope for a quick deployment! 

 

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I've seen comments here in late December and January indicating the Product Team was looking into this. Any updates from the Wrike Product Team on timeline now that we're in April?

We use our project templates to create sample project plans for for prospects/clients and I just went through another session of having to manually adjust individual tasks to produce a realistic time frame without having lead/lag functionality available. 

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Until this happens (which is CRITICAL in any project, as the construction and fabrication world is not so that you can have everything following tasks after task) I have worked around this by adding a "Time Offset" folder in each project, with tasks labelled as offsets for example "installation requirements offset" set for a length of 1 month between Milestone "Notify Clients of site requirements" and task "Site Installation".  It seems to hold up so far, though not ideal. 

 

Look forward to this critical and valuable update.  For the price we are paying, would be good to see this soon as I am almost 100% every Manager would benefit.

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Wrike really needs to implement lead/lag dependencies.  To compete with any other PM tool it must be added.

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Any updates on this?

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Adding my vote for this feature.

Lead and Lag times are a critical enhancement. Setting up Date Constraints causes a lot of issues when a project date changes as each task with a Date Constraint now needs to be manually adjusted, increasing the risk that something is missed and things are completed in the wrong order.

Lead and Lag times are an essential feature of any project management plan, and I was surprised to discover that they weren't an option in Wrike.

I'd like to see them implemented 2018!

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Adding my vote to lag/lead time enhancement.

Stacey Gill Munich Re

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Leads/Lags is a must dependency feature in a scheduling software without which definition of logical relationship can't be established. Please support in implementing the same at the earliest.

Regards,

Rakesh

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Hi all, there is currently early-stage talks about this internally with our Product Team. This thread is very valuable to these discussions. Nothing concrete to share right now but I'll keep you in the loop with information as I have it.

Thanks for the insight, use-cases and votes - keep them coming, please ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi Stephen, thanks for the update. One useful functionality we'd like to see would be that if you update the date of a dependency-chain task anywhere (My Work, calendar, within the task itself) it could ask if we want to reschedule the whole chain or just that task. Right now, our team can only update dates on the timeline because of the dependency chains, so we can't use many of the other useful places you've built to update task dates.

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Adding another vote for this. I assumed that as such a fundamental planning feature Wrike could do it, but should have verified before committing to the platform. Now I'm using clumsy lag entries that clutter my projects.

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One more vote on this. Lead and Lags are necessary for project management and for any software claiming to be a project solution. Task management might not require it but projects do. 

Glad to hear that Wrike is currently evaluating this required functionality but his truly need to be a priority. It is the reason we are still using SmartSheet for our complex projects.  Our complex project merely have a single project line with a link to the SmartSheet schedule. .  

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One more vote for this! Currently, the lack of this is a show stopper and the evaluation halted.

 

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Adding my vote for this functionality.

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Lag and lead times for dependent tasks would be extremely helpful. Adding my vote.

Paul Fox We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. - Vonnegut

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Adding my vote.  This functionality is very much needed.

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Please add my vote for this.  This is a significant limitation as it stands.

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I've updated the title here ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I'm very excited about this update. I have no concrete dates but I will have more information in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone for voting, posting and adding such great feedback here ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Christmas in July!! ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ„ Any other gifts under the tree??  I know you know what my wish list is!

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@Megan, I had a feeling you might ask that! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I know exactly what you're looking for so I'm keeping my ear to the ground for anything new coming your way ๐Ÿค™

@Lauren, right back atcha ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ 

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Started with Wrike this spring. Adding my vote for lag / lead time functionality. 

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Desperately need lead and lag times for our project scheduling.  We have numerous use cases such as accounting for product shipping lag time, review and approval lag time, and lead time for tasks based on subsequent tasks scheduling to name a few.  Looking forward to any updates the development team can provide!

Cheers!

Trevor

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Hi. Just another step in Our Implementation of WRIKE. 

Really need lead/lag implementation soon. In our manufacture process, in middle of one task, can start another. Can't automatically get this updated is really frustrating.!!!

Hope seeing this functionality working really soon.!!!! Thanks!

 

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