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FILTER REQUEST : incomplete tasks for which all predecessor tasks are complete

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    Anastasia

    Hi Jeffrey, thank you for posting this suggestion here! I wanted to share another feedback post which you might be interested in upvotingย too: More Control with Dependencies. I also wanted to say that I think your use case is really interesting, and would love to learn a bit more about how this process works for you right now. Are different users assigned to all tasks in this dependency chain? It sounds like this specificย orderย might be based on a series of approvals required for each task, let me know if that's the case, it would be great to hear about your workflow.

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    Anastasia

    Hi everyone, I wanted to post some additional info Jeffrey sent over, which is a great addition to this request. @Jeffrey, thank you once more for sharing this!

    "Good morning Anastasia,

    Thank you for the link. Unfortunately, strict/enforced dependencies do not address our need. In short, each of our users need to know: what tasks are theirsโ€ฆ that are incompleteโ€ฆ for which all prior dependent tasks have been completed.

    With regard to your question below, no, different users are not assigned to all tasks in our dependency chains. Users are often assigned to multiple tasks within our dependency chains. Here is a summary of our operations as they pertain to Wrike: Each month we have approximately 70 separate dependency chains (individual projects that have to be performed in a very specific order; otherwise the end result is incorrect). Therefore each month a particular user may have 200+ tasks to perform, but the user has to wait until all of the related predecessor tasks are complete; otherwise, the user will ruin the product and multiple people will have to re-perform their tasks (waste of time and resources).

    Currently, the best we can do is each person looks at timeline view and scans each little project/dependency-chain for tasks assigned to them for which all predecessor tasks are complete. This is not very efficient.

    Admittedly, the email notifications are helpful, but they are cumbersome and far from ideal as our users need to be able to pull up a single document that highlights for them the items that are available for them to work on (as opposed to rifling through multitudes of emails). Please see below.

    Imagine you are a user. If you only filter for incomplete tasks assigned to you then you could easily perform tasks for which predecessor tasks have not been completed. As a result, we would either catch the error and have to re-perform all of those tasks and subsequent tasks or our clients may catch the error, which could lead to us losing those clientsโ€ฆ The only other option is for each user to scan each dependency chain over and over to identify tasks that they can and should be working on.

    Admittedly, the email notifications do help the users a little bit; however, they donโ€™t help the Project Mangers at allโ€ฆ and it becomes is cumbersome to constantly rifle through emails to determine appropriate workflow when we have a GREAT tool like Wrike that just needs one single filter option to get us over the hump.

    Thank you and best regards,

    Jeffrey Pinder"

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    Nicole Harrison

    We'reย struggling with almost identical problem - I would love to know if anyone has found a usable work-around solution!

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    Scott Henderson

    If prior dependency completion could be made to trigger a task status change, that would also provide a fix for this issue because a custom status could be used that indicates all dependencies have been completed and a task is ready to be worked on (of course, this would be an "Active Status" status).ย ย 

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    Stephen

    Hi all, yesterday, we released a new update which may be helpful in automating this process a little.ย 
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    Now, you canย auto-assign tasks based on status.ย 
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    I can see this helping with the process raised here as a workaround. For example, you could set the 'Completed' status of tasks to auto-assign the person(s) who needs to start the next dependent task. When they become assigned to this prior task at the 'Completed' stage, they'll know their own task on the dependency line is ready to start.
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    I understand the request here is to auto-trigger the status change in the next task, however, I just wanted to make you aware that this now exists and may come in useful as a workaround solution.ย 
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    It's also an example of how automation is something our Product Team are very interested in and continue to discuss. Threads like this add a lot of value during these discussions, so thanks for all your input and votes.
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    As an aside I want to share this great hack from Community member, Nathaniel, namedย Dependency Met Hack with Microsoft Flow. If you're using Microsoft outlook. It's a very detailed and very clever way of setting up an automatic dependency change.
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    Any questions on the above, please let me knowย ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Brett Austin

    Having the option to filter outย tasks on a dashboard that have incomplete dependencies is an absolute must-have.ย 

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    Devin Thayne

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    This still isn't addressed after more than two years?ย  The workaround mentioned doesn't solve the problem so please update Wrike to allow this filter!

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    Lisa

    @Devin Hi, thanks for your support for the suggestion here.ย 

    I don't have any updates to share at the moment. As soon as this post gets 60 votes, we'll add a Product Status to it, so the best way now is to upvote the suggestion so that our Product team can assess its popularity among Wrike users. I'll refer Community members with similar suggestions here to +1 it.ย 

    Any updates, I'll make sure to get back to you here. Thanks for posting!

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    Scott Henderson

    Seems to me this request is related to these:ย 

    https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115001633865--Status-Now-in-Wrike-Labs-Investigating-Automatic-Task-Status-Changed-on-Dependency-completionย 

    https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360020779513-Update-dependent-tasks-when-task-status-changesย 

    ย  ...because if prior task dependency completions could be made to trigger following task status changes, a custom (non-active/deferred) status could be set on a task initially, until all dependencies have been completed and then the automated task change to an Active status would indicate it is ready to be worked on and the task would appear in appropriate dashboards and task lists.ย 

    So these 3 posts could almost be combined.

    Also, I note the post represented by the top link here says "Now in Wrike Labs" ...but I don't see it in Wrike labs. ๐Ÿค”

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