[Status: Not planned] Editable Task Completion Date

 I have started a project about a year in and am trying to track the progress of the project so far. Unfortunately whenever I create a task and mark it complete, it states that the completion date is today even though it was completed months ago. I would like to see an editable completion date (at least for the Admin role) so that Planned and Actual completion dates can be compared and reported accurately, rather than having a huge number of tasks completed on the day the project is loaded on to Wrike.

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It appears that Mr Pragel has been down this road previously and mentions most of the likely issues. However the development team may have other items that are in the way.  Perhaps if the Wrike development team can explain their reluctance, the wider knowledge base can provide a more complete solution if needed.  At least you could give us some reasoning behind the reluctance to provide an extremely desirable modification. 

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Hugh

Hey everyone, apologies for the delay in response here, and thank you for all of your feedback.

According to the Product team, implementing a suggestion like this would be a huge undertaking, due to all of the features that would be affected by it. One such example would be that the behaviour of filters across views would be inconsistent in the workspace due to some projects tracking one completion date and and some tracking another. 

I hope this provides some clarity for you. If there is any more information in regards to the status of this thread, I'll pass it on. If you have any further questions, be sure to let me know.

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Hi Guys,

I just found this treat and I cannot believe that by default Wrike does not have a planned end date, vs actual completed date. Isn't this the basis for project management? I am in the process of updating old projects into Wrike since we would  like to have this program as our R&D PM platform. but how am I going to do this if I cannot edit the completed date?

I have tried the other options suggested such as adding "actual start" and "actual finish dates" but the calculations do not work because they are done in days rather than working days so even if I have the same dates as the planned task my actual duration looks larger than my planned duration

What is the status on this feature? should I continue working on updating old projects and wait for this option, or look for an alternative software?? It seems like this idea came up over two years ago and no action on it

 

Thanks,

Alejandro

 

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Yes great comment Alejandro Arevalo and good luck getting a response of substance.  I can say with almost 100% certainly that after I write this, you'll see another comment at some point from Hugh or Lisa saying "sorry, we have no update, thanks for the feedback" and that can continue for years!  No insight, no reason why this can't be done (seems simple enough via Custom Fields and a little dev work that should be doable in 2 yrs!!), and no insight into whatever is on Wrike's plate that isn't this!!

If you aren't all in on Wrike I would look elsewhere if you really need this.  I am not trying to troll or damage Wrike's business, just trying to state my experience.  There are host of features that in my 2 1/2 years with Wrike I cannot believe are not being at least considered in earnest, this is one.  So I just want to say from experience if you really need anything on this board, it's unlikely you will get any insight as to whether it's coming for real, and when!

 

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And sorry but while I'm here, @... re your previous comment - months ago in May - about "two dates," I don't understand that.  The issue is that we want to change the completion date.  Wrike adds it in on its own when you mark "complete," which is great.  But you might want to change that yourself to another date.  I don't see why we're talking about two dates?  I think David Carter is drawing a distinction between planned and actual end dates, the request is only to edit the actual completed date.

Let's say a project finished last week and somebody forgot to make it as "closed" at the time - happens frequently.  So now today I come in, mark it as closed, and it will perpetually show today as the finish date, which is isn't.

You guys also don't allow for this natively, since as you point out on this request, if you wanted to bring in automation to at least allow when all tasks are done for the project to complete, you'll pay ~$20 more per head on your license to get Integrate into the mix:

https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115004498989-Auto-Completion-of-Project-when-all-tasks-are-completed

And of course somebody has to set that up, so add in developer time as Integrate is hardly a "nocode" solution anybody without technical skills can deal with.

Really hope you guys get serious about some really needed features, such a shame most of them I am interested in (with 1000's of votes total) barely move on this board.

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Hugh

Hi Al Sape,

Thank you for sharing your feedback, it's been passed on to the Product team.

In relation to your question about Wrike tracking two separate dates, this is due to some situations in Wrike requiring the date the task was completed in Wrike, and which date the user has chosen to mark the task as completed. This might cause inconsistencies in filtering behavior.

The Product team is planning on researching this suggestion in the future, but there are currently no plans to implement this feature. If there is any new information, I'll be sure to let you know.

 

mdr

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Another upvote for editable completion dates. I am surprised the Wrike design team didn't anticipate this request years ago. In the meantime I'll workaround with a custom field. 

mdr

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Hugh

Hi Mark Millard, and welcome to the Community!

Thank you for sharing your interest in this suggestion. No updates at the moment - if there is any new information in relation to this, I'll be sure to update this post.

mdr

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Thanks to the community for the support for this feature. It is clearly a must have for any project management software. I have used the work around with the custom field. Unfortunately, calculations with a custom field use “all days” while completed task calculations use “working days”.  If I need to calculate the amount of time a task needs or the cost of it my calculations currently are incorrect as I have extra days that are not working days, so it overestimates cost. For example, Friday to Friday (inclusive) is 8 days rather than 6.

Please make sure to vote for this feature at the top of this tread. Right now, there is only 70 votes, I am sure there is a higher number of people in need of this feature

 

mdr

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I too find the lack of an editable Completion Date field to be a show stopper.  I was advocating my company to subscribe to this service, but I am now thinking of looking elsewhere.   When Wrike is looking to charge us $2500+/month for the seats I need, and they are not willing to add a simple feature like this after the community has been asking for years for it, it really makes me think I need to be looking elsewhere for a company who listens to their users.

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Hey Troy Wielgus, thanks for getting in touch and sharing your feedback with us here. 

I've checked in for an update on this request and as soon as I have some more info to share I'll update this thread. If you need anything in the meantime, be sure to let me know. 

 

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Really sad to see this needed feature is going nowhere, and the last two updates from the mods are "we have no update."  Because unless Elaine and co. you guys actually start providing some detail more frequently, that how most of us in the community interpret your responses.  Your competitors generally give some fundamental information about what is the hang up on most thorny requests, and at least a bit of info about why they won't do something now, etc.  You guys continue to have very little in the way of displaying what you ARE actually working on - why is that?  I have to go into this forum and type a search on "Coming soon," then type another on "investigating" etc. to try to see for myself, when you could easily just publish, like a lot of your competitors do, a list of what you are working on.  I'm mentioning this as I dropped Wrike and am looking at coming back in, but to my dismay there is precious little change in most of the key features I'm looking for, and a year + has gone by.  Aside from the New Experience, which I don't think actually offers much functionality, I'm having trouble putting my finger on any release of any of the big stuff like relations, better boards, convert a task to a project, this request, time tracking for guests, improved list view with customizable field visibility, and other "bigger" stuff that I'm really hoping Wrike can implement at some point, since you have such a great basic design to the product.

Thanks.

 

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Hi Al Sape! As promised, we've checked with the team - they are planning to make improvements to the task view, although there are still no plans to allow the completed date editing. We'll be announcing all the releases in our Weekly Release Notes forum 👍

I also wanted to mention some of the bigger releases that happened recently that you might have missed. Here's an article covering these releases that were announced back in October during our annual Collaborate conference. I hope you'll find some of them useful, especially Wrike's Automation Engine that many of our Community members found helpful 🙂

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