[Status: Backburner ⌛️] Automatic Task Status Changed on Dependency completion

When we got wrike working with timelines and dashboards, the management team was like, "Wow, this takes our production planning to another level!".  But the feature described below will take it to another level yet.

Our shop is full of jobs that are represented in wrike in folders with a logical series of 10 tasks or so.  Each task is also tagged with a workstation folder (which piece of equipment is used for the task) and is tagged with a person folder.  Then a dashboard of all the tasks that are active and assigned to my equipment shows all the work I have to do, and can be prioritized by management by moving the tasks on the dashboard.  But if the sequential tasks are all assigned when the job is first logged, the dashboard will be full of lots of tasks that aren't ready yet.

The desirable feature would be to set all the tasks to "new" or "deferred", then

have the task automatically change to "active" on the condition that its dependency task(s) are marked complete.

This would be a mind-blowing improvement to a great system.

Sidenote: In our manufacturing environment, it is well known what the sequence of tasks need to be, but it is not well known how long it will actually take to complete any particular task.  So scheduling by what needs to be worked on "today" turns out to be impractical.  And updating the timelines is reserved generally for production meetings.  But "completing" tasks (in Wrike) is done by the technician on the shop floor.

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Hi Al Sape! Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback with us, it's very valuable! And I'm very sorry indeed to hear that you're disappointed and moved on to a different platform. I understand that some of our responses may seem a little repetitive at times. It is one of the most important parts of the job - to make sure that all the feedback on this Community is passed on to the team. In order to help our Product team prioritize, we have this voting system, although we are listening to the feedback on it as well, so thanks for your input and thoughts on how this forum works. 

As much as we would love to make all of our Community members happy by implementing every single request here, we can't. Here's the detailed post where Stephanie explains it all: https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360019106654--Read-Me-What-happens-with-Product-Feedback-

 

Hey Laura Boylan! Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe!

 

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Laura Boylan, it's interesting to see this can be done with Integrate, but I have not been impressed with Integrate vs. native solutions:

- the cost is prohibitive - I was quoted at least $20/month extra per user!

 - even though Workato is purportedly one of the "no code" solutions, if you are not technical - and I'm guessing you are given your Black Belt Status - it is a challenge and a time suck to program these solutions.

- you get ZERO visibility inside Wrike using Integrate, Unito, Zapier, other middleware.  So when triggers happen, you can't see any of this, nor control it if there's an error, without reverting to the middleware software.  The more apps you need to use, the more time is wasted.

My main point in posting all this is to illustrate that the native solution is really needed, and these workarounds are not really viable for many users.  This is a terrific feature and it's really a shame to see it's been here for three years and only in "Backburner" status.

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Are there any plans to move this idea off back burner and get it into the product?

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Hi Kelly Smola, thank you for reaching out! I don't have any updates at the moment; once I do, I'll definitely let you know. 

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