How to avoid Parent Tasks displaying as Unassigned in Task Dashboard

I have Parent tasks in my Gantt chart that have Children assigned to different users.  Nobody "owns" the Parent task.  How do I avoid the Parent Task (Development) showing up as an unassigned task in my Dashboard?  It's difficult to use this dashboard given all of the Parent Tasks across multiple projects.

Example:

1. Development

1.1  New Screen        Tom

1.2 New Script          Bill

1.3 New Report        Harry

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Hi Joe Ketchum! Do you have a lot of users to whom these tasks can be assigned? Because it's possible to setup a widget to only show tasks assigned to certain users through the Assignee filter. That way, unassigned task should not be shown on a widget. 

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Thanks for the suggestion Lisa.  But my goal is to identify the unassigned tasks so they can be given to a member of the team.  But with all of the parent tasks in the list it makes it difficult to identify the actual tasks that require work.

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Hi Joe Ketchum, thank you for the additional details. In order to avoid showing the parent task in your widget, a possible workaround would be to create a checkbox type custom field named "Unassigned subtask" - or similar - and then use this custom field as a filter:

If you don't wish to create a custom field to achieve this, you could use the filter to display only unassigned tasks, but this option wouldn't prevent the parent tasks to be shown:

Please, let us know if you have any additional questions! 

Juan Community Team at Wrike Wrike Product Manager Conosci le straordinarie funzionalità di Wrike e le best practices

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Thanks Juan.  I was considering doing something similar with a Custom Item Type of "Parent" or "Summary" Task.  I could then replace my existing tasks in my Project Blueprint and ignore them in my Dashboards.  I was curious to see if someone had an alternative approach before making this change and updating my projects.  

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Hi Joe Ketchum, if a parent task is only a way to group other task you can use folder.

I use folders in my blueprints to divide projects into phases.

Other way, if you use effort allocation is to exlude task, in your dashboard with effort disabled.

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Hi Pietro, I had not considered folders for dividing phases.  Something to consider.  I like your suggestion for effort allocation even more.  I'm going to look at that now.  I'll post here if I have any follow up questions.  Thanks for your feedback!

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I agree with Pietro, using folders would be a clean and straight solution! Unassigned tasks should always be avoided!

Florian

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