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How do I make my milestone move with predecessor?

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    Bill Eger

     

    Here is a screen capture of the example provided.  When I extend the dates for Task 1 and Task 2, I expect the Milestone to move right.

     

     

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    Michael Michalak

    Bill, 

    Thanks for your question! I think you may be using milestones differently then intended in Wrike. Please see this article for Milestone definition in Wrike. 

    Milestones purposefully gateways that don't move in Wrike. Most users have them set as a customer deliverable of some sort. They don't move because customers hold strong to those dates, otherwise they are just another task. They turn red in your screenshot to identify conflicts with those deadlines. It becomes very powerful in complex workflows where moving task 1 of 10 will ultimately mean we are not delivering on time. Make sense? As such, there is no way to "unlock" a milestone. 

    As far as reports and dashboards, you can isolate Milestones by using the Task Type Filter: 

    We also use the conflicts monitor on the analytics tab, increasing the milestone visibility. 



    Let us know if you have further questions!

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    Jamie Adler

    So... can someone (Michael Michalak?) confirm this logic then?:

     I can't use a Milestone in a Blueprint. 😱

    Unlike Microsoft Project, which defines a Milestone as a task with zero Duration, Wrike defines them as a fixed date - and thus they cannot be part of a chain of dependent tasks with a 'floating' date that is dependency-driven.

    And because Blueprints, by definition, ought to have no fixed dates in order that dates can be dynamically generated upon creation of a project from a Blueprint, the 2 concepts are enemies.

    My workaround right now is to make my "milestones" a duration of an hour, so they can be dependency driven in my Blueprint.

    (plus I like using an emoji of some sort 📍 in the title to imply 'milestone')

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    Lisa

    Hi Jamie Adler, sorry for the late reply!

    I had to do some testing here, and this is a very interesting topic! What I've come up with is that you can use Milestones in blueprint tasks, although you need to mind the rescheduling. I created a blueprint project with tasks in it, added start and due dates to all but one task that is a milestone with a set due date. After that I created a Request form that would create a project from that Blueprint. I created it so that it would reschedule the tasks according to the project's dates. For the new project dates, there need to be two "dates" questions in the request, for start and due project dates. The new project created from the blueprint will have new dates according to the answers to those questions, and the tasks, along with the milestone, will be rescheduled too. But, if you can't have those questions in your request form, then I believe you won't be able to use milestones in your Blueprints.

    Please let me know if that helped or if you have any further questions!  

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    Adam Glover

    This is great to know, Cheers for clearing that up Lisa. Just happened to be working on this today.

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