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[Status: Not planned] Editable Task Completion Date

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    Al Sape

    Would be a great feature, I concur with almost all posters here, due to human nature & error, tasks will have incorrect complete dates and need to get edited.  I agree with @Justin and @Drew, this should be limited to admins, and some sort of notification when this is changed would be useful, thanks!

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    Heidi Eng

    Need this feature!!! Especially as we are all adapting to new work flows I might mark a task complete on Monday, but finished it in the week prior so now my completed last week dashboard cannot show correctly....

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    Wynn Madura

    I'm setting our team up on Wrike as well and this feature would be beneficial in both projects and folders where tasks are tracked. I know there's a baseline feature in projects but sometimes there are tasks that we track that are outside of a project; they're just ad hoc tasks or tasks for operations rather than just projects.

    Upvoted again - thank you!

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    Erika Bruchhausen

    Upvote for me too

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    Maarten Vanstipelen

    Upvoted !  kind regards. Maarten

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    Steve Pragel

    @stephaniewestbrook, @lisa

    I would like to echo Rob Irwin's excellent suggestion.  The "Completed Date" field should be editable, and another field "Date marked complete" should be recorded and uneditable to allow proper operation of dependencies.  Regardless of operational procedures, almost every task in Wrike will involve work in another system, and users will inevitably forget to mark a task or milestone as complete the moment they are finished with the work.

    I have instituted the custom field work-around; however, as pointed out by Suzanne Burkhalter, without the ability to prepopulate it with the date marked complete (i.e. the current "Completed Date"), it is an extra burden for everyone on every task, including those that are actually marking tasks as complete at the appropriate time.  By defaulting such a field with the date marked as complete, it would also serve as positive reinforcement to compliance, thereby avoiding the need for those users to edit anything.

    I would like this feature to be available to all users, or perhaps customizable to allow such access at the admin level.  Keeping two fields will allow reports on how often users have to amend completion dates, which could serve as an indicator for compliance for those who find that critical.

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    Franco De Bonis

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    Wrike, this is a joke!

    For the last >2 years users have been posting telling you this is a seriously needed feature and explaining very practical use cases for why. Your response? Ignore!

    Unless you have somehow architecturally pinned your code around this specific date field (which would be crazy), I can't see any reason why this isn't a matter of a few days of coding, testing and roll-out.

    I really like your platform, but this limitation is a real pain and such an oversight.

    Just fix it please!

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    Gianluca Gori

    Hello, any update on this ? We miss this functionality a lot. Limiting the change to admin (or user roles/groups) would be interesting, but if a manual change or completion date will be recorded just like other changes, for us it would be fine.

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    Harald Kurz

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    Dear Wrike, I do not feel we are getting any love from you on this. Turning a read-only field into read-write does not take a lot of engineering resources. So I presume, this is rather a perceived architecture issue and there are some reservations on your end whether the feature should be implemented. Share your concern with the community, rather than just going radio-silence, please !

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    Elaine

    Hi all, thanks for your comments here. 

    As the suggestion hasn't reached the 60+ threshold, it's yet to receive a status, but we have passed on all of your feedback and the interest in this feature to our Product team.

    We'll be back in touch here if we have any updates. If you need anything else let us know 👍

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    Bryan Moore

    We had a batch failure today in which Wrike marked **several** tasks as "Completed" on Friday March 6 even though we closed them variousl one two and three months ago. One possibility is a glitch in the Wrike<->Gitlab sync, which was engaged some time in the past several weeks, but long after the oldest completed task. So we need this feature to be able to set the Date Completed to the correct date again, assuming it was ever completed in the first place. One, two and three *months* ago **NOT** three days ago. Two we'll have to figure out if Wrike or Gitlab or both have made a boo boo so we don't have dozens of bad event dates happen to us again.

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    Scott Bonomi

    If we cannot sync this tool with the other tools in use, what value is this tool adding. Making people write the same thing several times does not work very well. 

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    Todd Kaminski

    I have to agree with the previous posters this is an important feature if used at the Admin level.   We are new to Wrike and have uploaded all of our projects some of which have tasks that go back to last May.   Our plan is to use this to help measure some of our KPI if we can't adjust the completed dates for tasks completed before we started using Wrike (and those that have just been completed but we haven't been able to catch up with) all the reports and dashboards will now be showing incorrect results from the data.  
    This is a feature that should be available to the admins. 
    A strong +1 on this.

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    Ray Haynes

    I'm not sure why the modification of this date should be limited to Admin. It would be much easier for regular users to keep the dates correct by not having to bring in an Admin. The task log would show if this date was modified and who modified it if here were any questions about it's modification.

     

    Ray

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    Sheala Vast-Binder

    This would be extremely helpful! I'm running into reporting problems because of it right now. And custom fields just make my reporting more time consuming.

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    Hugh

    Hey everyone! As this post has reached 60 upvotes, our Product team will be providing it with a status update. As soon as I have it, I'll let you know! 🎉

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    Hugh

    Hi everyone! The Product team have just let me know that this suggestion is currently not planned. This does not mean that this will never be on the Product Roadmap, so I'd encourage you all to continue voting and providing us with feedback and use cases so that our Product team can use it in their future conversations.

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    Dale Greenley

    Hugh .... after recently struggling to figure out how to set the completion date manually, I came across this thread going back multiple years. It's a bit disappointing that such a feature is not only still unsupported, but the only feedback is that the development team is "not planning" to implement it. It seems like an obvious enhancement, possibly configurable thru an admin setting to allow this to be done in exceptional cases. Perhaps you could explain to the user community why this can't be done?

    If the wrike team truly wants to incorporate user feedback, maybe doing a survey with current users and have them rank possible changes under consideration. This feature is one of the few that I really care about which Wrike does not support.

    Thanks.

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    Hugh

    Hi Dale Greenley, thank you for this feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you're disappointed about the current status of this task.

    We'd love to be able to implement every suggestion that appears on the Community, but there are several reasons why this is not the case. You can read more about our process here

    All of your feedback has been passed on to the Product team. As soon as I have an update, I'll let you know.

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    Boris Vaugenot

    Adding my vote to this. This seems like an obvious feature and I'm not sure how many different use cases you are expecting users to give you.

    The most crucial point of this Completion Date field, or any other field for that matter, is that it shows correct data (if not, what's the point of having it?), which means that each person working on a project needs to tick their boxes off diligently when they're done with something. However with huge teams, this is impractical (dare I say unreasonable) to assume that every single person will do just that, for every single one of their tasks. Therefore, there needs to be a way to correct the data afterwards. Whatever the reason (reports, or something else), I'm sure we can all agree that having correct data is essential.

    Sure, people should tick their boxes off on the right day, but by the same token, you could argue that there's no need to be able to edit the name of a task; one should be able to write it down correctly the first time. People do forget to do things, and make mistakes. There should be a way to fix those, especially if they show up in reports (now become unusable).

    To me this makes the whole feature broken as I cannot rely on the data that I have.

    I really urge you to re-consider the importance of this feature. I don't think it's a "would be nice to have" feature for anyone here; it really is critical.

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    Daniel Rieger

    Boris Vaugenot 

    really nice job articulating the reasoning for the value of this change! the value seems so obvious to me (and a number of other users). by framing it as a need and putting scenarios in which this feature demonstrates value, you really bring home the impact of the need.

    i hope that wrike rethinks the priority based on your comment. there are a lot of tools out there. meeting basic end-user requirements is table stakes when it comes to a product like this one.

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    Lisa

    Hi Boris Vaugenot & Daniel Rieger! Thank you for your input here! Please rest assured that we pass on your feedback to the team regularly. As Hugh mentioned above, currently our team is not planning to implement this. I totally understand that this decision disappoints you, but we try to set expectations clearly here. At the same time, we'll be checking on the status again in a couple of months, and if there are any changes or updates, we'll make sure to let you know here!

    Thank you again for sharing your feedback, it's extremely valuable to the team even if they can't implement the suggested functionality at the moment. 

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    Franco De Bonis

    This is not just disappointing, but a bit of a joke!

    You are either 'not planning' to implement this because you don't value user feedback and see it as not important or this field is such a key element of the system/database that it would require a massive redevelopment project to fix what is clearly a broken element.

    I would suggest a reasonable fix would be to have a date field appear as soon as you select 'completed' allowing the user to select what date they want to apply. This could default to today, but allow selection of any date in the past. The end result would still be a single date in your system.

    Please, please listen to your users, as I'm sure this is losing you customers and your competitors must be enjoying your fail!

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    Dale Greenley

    I'll just comment again on the lack of this feature.

    Maybe it will be more impactful if I note what it is costing Wrike.

    This one (lacking) feature is preventing me from buying accounts for my entire engineering organization. So, that means fewer users and less revenue.

    Instead, I manage all the milestones and the completions for them, going thru gymnastics to bypass the system and make sure this is done correctly. 

    As an observation, I'd love to hear an explanation of the features that are more important than this, as well as an explanation as to why this change doesn't take more than 1-2 engineering days to implement.

    -- Dale G.

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    Al Sape

    I agree fully with Dale Greenley and Daniel Rieger and Boris Vaugenot.  When I look at the task completion date in Table View, it just seems so simple for me to click and edit the date, like in a basic spreadsheet. I acknowledge that this is software built a certain way and it's not that easy, but to the point of my colleagues - how hard could this possibly be for a team of Wrike's capabilities?

    I am also having big issues with this as I get into Wrike - wanting to create a task done in the past to represent a key step in a project that was actually done; somebody forgets to update something; etc. etc.

    This is really one of the more perplexing stuck features in your guys' backlog, and yes I agree it will cost you users.  Any app built in the last 10 years - so Asana, also famously without this feature, isn't included as its almost as old as Wrike - has this capability as an afterthought.

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    Daniel Rieger

    +1 Al Sape

    my team selected wrike for three general reasons:

    1. relatively low cost.
    2. relatively simple to use.
    3. aligned with our relatively low maturity, in terms of project and portfolio management.

    our general plan was to move away from wrike as we matured. we used smartsheet for a couple years but found we needed a system to behave in ways that smartsheet couldn't easily support. so we moved to wrike which was a better fit for us than smartsheet but not a higher end and costly tool like planview or clarizen.

    if wrike were to mature with us (or vice versa), we would have no reason to move to another tool. however, at this rate, it seems that the wrike product team is prioritizing other features.

    i did a quick search and could not find the wrike product roadmap? is this posted somewhere and I'm just missing it?

    cheers to all,

    daniel

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    Hugh

    Hi Daniel Rieger, thank you for the feedback here. It's been passed on to the Product team.

    There is currently no public product roadmap, but it is something that our Community is providing feedback for. If you'd like, you can provide your use case in this thread and it will be forwarded on to the team 😊

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    Will Stinnett

    This is an issue that became apparent to me very early on when trying to do any useful reporting. I've been watching this thread, hoping for a promising update, this is very disappointing to say the least. The lack of this feature makes the reporting that I need to do impossible without a bunch of cumbersome and frustrating workarounds. 

    One of my goals is to prevent this software from becoming cumbersome to my employees. Our work environment is very fast paced and constantly changing; human nature prevails when it comes to things like checking a box that produces no immediately tangible effect for them.  Pushing everyone to enforce something like this is what contributes to Wrike being seen as a hindrance / nuisance rather than a tool that makes things easier. 

    Can you at least expand on "we don't plan on implementing this"?

    That seems extraordinarily dismissive of the imploring of quite a few frustrated users. How about a "Here's why"?

     

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    Shelly Erickson

    This request started 3 years ago. You would think this would have been implemented by now. I'm putting my vote on this one as well. I guess I will add another custom field to track as it is extremely important to document the actual completion date, not the date you modified to a completed status.

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    Steve Pragel

       I would enthusiastically support this request, vent a few frustrations, acknowledge the challenges, and offer a solution.
     
        First, the use of a community forum with up-voting capability for development is frustrating for those making a request under the following circumstances:
    • the request is feasible, requiring no extreme measures
    • the request is a small improvement for all, or a large improvement for some
    • a widely-supported request is diluted by being submitted across multiple threads, either due to different wording or trivial differences
        This request would appear to meet all three of these criteria.  Specifically, with regard to challenges and feasibility, I would offer the following.
     
    Challenges
     
        Having migrated to Wrike from a proprietary system that I built in ColdFusion, I do recognize some of the logistical challenges. Specifically, tasks with dependencies get complicated if you allow a user to change the completion date to a prior date.  If Ann forgets to mark task A (due 4/23) as complete until 4/30, and Bob doesn't get the message to start task B (dependent on task A, and due 4/28) until that date, Ann's changing of the completion date of task A to 4/22 would make it appear that Bob slacked off.  There may be similar operational challenges with allowing direct modification of a field that triggers other actions.
     
    Proposal
     
        Other than that, if Wrike is built according to database best practices, including normalization and constraints, I would think the following could be implemented with minimal effort, addressing the issue above, as well as needs in this thread.  Field names are admittedly horrible, but hopefully useful for discussion.
     
    Two fields would be required:
    Task marked complete date (TMCD): auto-populated, non-modifiable date on which a given task was marked as complete - i.e., the current Task completion date
    Task actual completion date (TACD): date actually completed; defaults to Task Marked Complete date, but user can modify (only after task is marked as complete)
     
    This would provide additional fields which could be standard and useful for reporting/assessment:
    Percent of task completion dates modified (by user): percent of TACDs different than TMCD - measure of user responsiveness in the system
    Task completion date differential (by task): auto-populated, non-modifiable differential between the TMCD and TACD for each task
     
        Gantt charts could display using TMCD by default, with an indicator (e.g., color/shading differential) to indicate TACD, with an option to display using TACD, with TMCD shaded for dependent tasks only, etc.  Admins could set parameters on whether or not TACD is available, and if not, everything would operate exactly as it does now.
     
    Those are my thoughts, and I hope this bit of community think can help move this proposal along.
     
    Respectfully,
     
    Steve Pragel
     
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