Improve Dependency Visibility

We need more visibility into dependencies in Wrike. There are a few other posts that also deal with this, but in slightly different ways. I’ve linked the other posts at the bottom of this one with some notes on how they relate.

There are two key areas that could use improvement that aren't addressed in other posts: collapsed Gantt charts and task list entries and details.

Collapsed Gantt Charts

Within the Gantt chart view, dependencies become hard to see when you’ve used containers to group different sections of your project. The containers could be sub-projects, folders, or parent tasks: anything that you can collapse in the view. If a task in one container has a dependency on a task in a different container, you can’t see the dependency if one or both containers are collapsed (see current pictures below). It would be great to have the option to roll-up dependencies to the container when it’s collapsed so it’s still apparent that the two are related (see mock-up below). I say option because I don’t always need to see these dependencies, so I was thinking it could be a menu option I could turn on and off as needed.

Current Expanded:

Current Collapsed:

Collapsed Roll-up Mock-up:

A use cases for this would be two projects where one must happen first either partially or completely (like a project that requires the system to be updated to access new features).

Parallel to this could be a way to view all tasks external to a project or folder that are dependent on one within the project. I think the Gantt chart improvements will be more natural to see because that's the view where you are looking at dependencies between objects already, but the task list could be beneficial as well.

Task List Entries and Details View

The other area of improvement is the task list entries and details view. Most of those assigned to tasks in a project don’t care about the over-all project progress and don’t check the Gantt chart regularly, they just go off their task lists (folder list, table, or board views or My To-Do tab or dashboards or however users get a list of their work) and the details panel of the task. For projects with dependencies, there is nothing obvious in these views that the task has a predecessor that is incomplete. For the list entries, it could be like the attachment, importance, or recurring icon or graying out the entry. For the details view, it should be something very visible along the top of the task to bring attention to the fact that this task shouldn’t be started yet.

Other Posts

Project/Folder Dependencies

  • Adds dependencies for projects and folders
  • More or less replaces the notes here for the collapsed Gantt chart except for dependencies into the middle of projects

Automatic Task Status Changed on Dependency completion

  • Changes the task status when the predecessor is completed
  • Improves visibility of dependencies at the task level similar to the notes here for the task details
  • Seems more complicated which will require longer development time

More control with dependencies

  • Prevents work on a task when there are incomplete predecessors
  • Takes a harsher stance on what to do when there are incomplete predecessors (actively preventing work instead of displaying more information and leaving the decision to the worker)

Hide dependent tasks until initial tasks are complete

  • Adds filters in various views to remove tasks that have incomplete predecessors
  • Works hand-in-hand with the notes here about task details in that it adds the information in another portion of the system though I would prefer displaying some sort of warning icon over completely hiding the task
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Is there a plan to implement the ability to see dependency in Table view - would like to be able to assign there as well as the Gantt view.  This is critical to efficiency.

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This is great!  And in response to JESSICA HARMON, I just posted here with some improvements for Table View that I think would be useful.

Dependency visibility would be huge as well!

Could you post any other improvements you'd like to see in table view?  Hoping to get some response from Wrike Product about what's in store soon for List View improvements!


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and Joshua Balentine, great post here!  Thank you for taking the time to put that together, I hope you get some traction.   And really hoping we get some insight from Wrike as to what they are planning around this.  I am not generally impressed with the way the Wrike team handles integrating their roadmap with what's here in the community, but they do release once a week, and things like Gantt and List View are constantly updated, so it would simply be great to know what we can expect to be coming down the pike with this stuff.

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I also wanted to add one thing that would also be useful is showing that a task has a dependency on its details in a clearer way than currently:

- Give it an indicator in List and Board view

- When viewing a Task Details, this logo:

has different renderings and it's not obvious to the user if a task has dependencies, is a predecessor or dependent, and how many.  The example above has a dependency, but looking at that illustration some users may not realize that.


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Hey everyone, thanks a lot for your feedback on dependencies here! Our Product team is now planning their work for dependencies - we should be able to provide an update in the coming months and let you know whether this suggestion is going to be taken on 👍

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