Total Float

I would like to see float added to the Table View. This would help with setting task priority and determining health of schedule.

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Hi Justin, thanks for the feedback! Could you give me a little more information on what float is?

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Float is the amount of time a task can be delayed without causing something else to go late.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Float_(project_management)

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This would be extremely helpful for us as well so that on a project we can see for the tasks that are all logic tied together the amount of days that a task can be extended out before we impact any successor tasks/milestones (i.e., in Wrike before we have a "schedule conflict" identified). That way when trying to levelize our projects and resources to make sure that we have enough resources to meet the dates without having too much scheduled at one time, the float column in the Gantt chart/table/workload views would tell you how far you can extend out that task before you impact the overall project.

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Hi, I totally agree with Brittany. Float is a pretty standard thing for PM's to get a view on how projects are performing and allow for resource smoothing and levelling. It would be really useful to have!

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Agreed. 

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I agree as well. Many times I have a range of time that a task can be completed. If I make tasks dependent on one another and move an earlier task, I need to go back and readjust everything. It would be nice to be able to define a slack period on tasks that would expand and contract as required when timelines are adjusted. I spend quite a bit of time going over my projects and relearning what it is that I am trying to achieve and readjusting all the timelines. It is somewhat of a waste of time to have to do that over and over each time I move something.

In order to facilitate this, a task also should be able to be 'locked down' similar to a milestone. Milestones do not move, there are certain tasks that cannot move as well. A work around for me is to have a milestone and then right after that have a task, that is tied to the milestone. This is the only way I can prevent a task from unintentionally moving.

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This would be a huge help for us.

At this time, we're heavily considering moving away from Wrike to Oracle Primavera because of this lack of functionality.

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Hey guys, thanks for your continued support for the suggestion. Your feedback is passed to our Product team and I'll get back to you when I have news.

Please don't forget to +1 the suggestion if you haven't already 👍

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Any update on this?

You've got a good article on how you manage critical paths: https://www.wrike.com/blog/critical-path-is-easy-as-123/

This article talks about float. Now all we need is a column for Total Float in Wrike.

The reason why this is important is you may have multiple paths throughout your programme; one of these being the critical path where total float = 0. There may be another path of tasks which could have total float = 1, meaning that if one task is delayed by 1 day, this path will now delay project completion. However; without the total float column, you have no visibility of any other paths in the programme, meaning you cannot tell this secondary path is only 1 day away from affecting project completion.

 

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Thanks for providing the detail, @Tessa, really helpful.

What we need here now is more upvotes, as soon as this thread reaches 60 votes, we'll add a Product Status here. I'm bringing this topic up anyway, but votes help the Product Team estimate the popularity of suggestions on the Community. 

For now, I don't have any updates; I'll get back to you when I do. Happy posting 🙂

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Agreed.  Float is a necessity for any serious project management software.  I would love to see it added to the table view.

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Total float would be very helpful in the Gantt Chart as well.

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Yes. Total float please.

 

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