List View: make interface feel like asana so it's faster to add tasks, organize them, and assign them

The asana list view makes wrike feel really clunky. Here are some things I wish wrike could do:

  1. click on a task in the list, drag it on top of another task, and it would automatically become a subtask -- this would be so much faster than opening up a task, finding the other task, dragging it into the subtask pane.
  2. being able to add a task by hitting enter -- you're editing a task name in list view > you hit enter > a new task line immediately gets added right below where you are > you add that new task name > you hit enter > another new task opens up below where you are > etc. 
  3. you are clicked onto a task name in the list > you hold the SHIFT key, scroll down a bit, and click another task > all tasks between get highilighted, like the way Excel works > you can then drag those highlighted tasks into subtasks, or update the responsible person / due dates / start dates for highlighted tasks
  4. you are clicked into a task name on the list > you hold the CTRL key and click another task > both tasks are highlighted like in Excel > you can then drag and drop those two tasks wherever, update the responsible person / due dates / start dates for highlighted tasks
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Stephanie Westbrook

Hi Becca, thanks for reaching out! First off, I love the organized list here :) Dragging and dropping tasks on top of one another to create subtasks is a really interesting idea. In terms of your other requests, we have similar functionality to what you describe and I apologize if I'm covering something you already know, but want to make sure I go over existing functionality. 

I'll use your list order:

2) You can create tasks from the List View by clicking "+ New Task" at the top of the list, entering a task name, then clicking enter. The tasks appear in the list just as you describe. However, that functionality only works if you click the "+ New Task" button at the top of the list.

3) and 4) The functionality is slightly different from Excel, but we do have mass actions. You can select a range of tasks or random selection of tasks and then from there use mass actions to edit the tasks. You won't be able to drag and drop the tasks within the list to create subtasks, but can update the assignee, due dates, and start dates. I know that's not exactly what you're looking for, but did want to share in case it helps. Happy to talk more, let me know if you want to talk more about mass editing options!

Great to hear these suggestions and I know it's not exactly what you're looking for, but did want to share in case it helps. Let me know if you want to talk more about the mass editing options!

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Thanks Stephanie, this does help a little. And I learned that wrike does have some drag and drop ability under the List > By Priority view. Figuring that out wasn’t intuitive, but once I found it, the wrike experience got a little easier.

 

For #2, the + New Task option is really limiting. The functionality we prefer would be similar to clicking “+ New Task” and then pasting in an entire list of tasks… then having each item in the list automatically create a new task. With Wrike, we have to add every task individually with the “+ New Task” which really slows us down. I know we can do bulk uploads with Excel files, but part of the goal of a project management tool like this is getting people out of Excel, so it’s a bit of a bummer.

 

For #3 & 4 Mass Actions are great to know about. Having to select each task by clicking the checkbox button is slow and tedious. Ideally, you would be able to select multiple tasks by using Shift Click or Ctrl Click, like you can in most Excel programs.

 

We’d love to see this functionality come to wrike, because it’s the little things on data entry and mass data updates that really impact the daily experience of our team as a whole – I love the reporting capabilities wrike has for my management experience, but I also worry about the day to day experience of my whole team, who all add and manage projects each day.

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Stephanie Westbrook

Hi Becca! I'm glad that helped a little at least. This is definitely the right place for Product Feedback and your last comment helps me understand your use case better. In terms of quickly creating new tasks, is your team using the same type of tasks repeatedly? If you are, Templates might be really helpful for you. Essentially you would duplicate an existing Project or Folder and begin your next Project from there. Let me know what you think about templates, we can talk about how they would work for your team. 

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Totally agree! The interface in general could be sooo much better and prettier! Would definitely make it easier to use in certain respects. The drag and drop mentioned before is something that needs to be brought up in pretty much all views, and even the current one in list view is very clunky. 

All points from Becca above make total sense to me + some of them already kind of exist but are super clunky.

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@Catalina We always want to see the interface improving! I've been at Wrike for about 2.5 years and have definitely seen some great improvements during that time, I can't wait to see more though 😊. Hearing exactly where you would like to see changes is fantastic and we're sharing with the team. 

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