[Status: Investigating 🕵️] Allow Subtasks to Update Start and End Dates of Parent Tasks

I think this is somewhere else in the community, but when I posted something else as a suggestion in the regular community area, I was asked to place my suggestion (Dependencies in the Table View) here in the Product Feedback section.

 

It would be helpful to have a setting to allow subtasks to drive the dates for the parent tasks.  Right now it's manual.  There are some who prefer it that way, and some who do not, so it would be nice to be able to set that on a per-project basis.

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Simply supporting William's feedbacks.

While we are aware Product team can decide their roadmap strategy, we just ask some respect to not get misleading and frustrating information. 

We are looking for added value, when we share our frustration, it's because we are the interface between Wrike and our own users.

It is simple anyway, in my case,  unlike some other collaborators, our 70 engineers decided to not switch from MS projects to Wrike simply because of this particular absence of capabilities. They simply can't make their work.

Looking forward for a real "coming soon" converted to a "launch".

 

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Hi Julien Thiery, thank you for chiming in here and sharing your thoughts. I definitely do understand where you're coming from. Please rest assured we'll be sure to update the thread as soon as we have any news from the team. 

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Buenas tardes a todos.

Veo que este tema esta latente desde el 2017... hay alguna novedad.. ?? 

Yo pensaría que esa funcionalidad es básica en una herramienta de gestión, me ha frustrado el no lograr configurarlo para que se ajuste automáticamente... espero que esto se deba que estoy en fase de descubrimiento y no a que algo prometido desde el 2017 no se ha liberado...

Saludos.

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Hola Cynthia Flores!. Lo siento por la respuesta tardía.
Esta sugerencia de la comunidad está planificada para ser publicada por el equipo de Producto, es por eso que tiene el estado "Próximamente" aquí 🙂
Nuestro equipo de Producto no puede comprometerse a trabajar en todas las ideas que se publican en este foro y no lo prometen, pero me complace informarle que se planea lanzar esta.

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Has this still not been solved? I'm trying to find a way to do it so that my main task defaults to the start of the earlier task and the end of the latest task with no luck.

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Hi Jenny, welcome to the Community, and thank you for posting. Our team is working on the release of this functionality and we'll be sure to let you know once it's available!

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Any updates on this? A previous post from May 2022 said the feature would be released "soon."

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its been 6 years since this was brought up, is there a solution yet? or is it deprioritized since its taken so long to implement?

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Hi everyone! Our team has this in their plans, but it's indeed taking more time than previously estimated. Apologies for any confusion here! I'm planning to change the status here to Investigating for now as we don't have an ETA for this release at the moment. Please let me know if that would make it more clear.  

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Hi, I just wanted to share my opinion from a business perspective.

I'm a new user with a paid plan (Team). I've conducted extended research on 10 different PM web-based tools before becoming a Wrike subscriber (paid for a full year). We are still in a "testing phase", making sure that this is the right system as we expand our team, and this is a feature that seems to be a no brainer for a PM software.

6 years to implement such feature is a big red flag to us and makes me wonder how often Wrike does the same thing for other features. From an external perspective, it seems that either:

1 - Wrike's developing team does not care about the ask, even though their forum/social media personnel says that they do

2 - Wrike's developing team might not have access to all tools, technologies, knowledge to make this feature work

3 - Wrike has resources contrains (human, financial) and I wonder if they are struggling as a company

Don't get me wrong, it's a great tool for our designers and programmers. They love the KanBan view. But our project managers are strugling to connect the tasks to a proper forecast, we still can't make good milestone projections because of these limitations.

But regardless, 6 years is a lot of time to code this feature. I will follow this very closely and it will definitely make an impact in the decision to renew or upgrade our subscription.

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Hi Rodrigo Caetano, welcome to Wrike's Community 👋

First of all, thank you for sharing such detailed feedback with us, you can be sure it will be passed on to our Product team.

Please let me also share some detail on how this Product Feedback forum works. We have a voting system here where any Wrike user can upvote a suggestion when visiting the Community. There are other ways to let us know your feedback, and the Community is one of them. We have a process for reporting all suggestions, feedback, and votes from this forum to our Product team, and they continuously review all of this data.

Once any suggestion reaches the 60 votes threshold, we add a Product status to it. You can check out more info on that and on the list of statuses in this post. The status for this particular suggestion is currently 'Investigating'. The team is researching this idea, and we'll keep you posted on how it goes. 

Our team can't commit to working on all or even most of the suggestions in this forum, but at the same time, feedback from this channel is still important to them. As an example, here's the list of Community-generated suggestions that the team has released last year.

I hope this info was helpful, but if you have any questions, please do let me know! 

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As another new Wrike user, I find the present functionality completely broken and also support and anxious to see this request implemented.

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Hello Chip Linthicum Jr, thank you for supporting this idea, please rest assured that we will share updates about this feature if we are informed about them. In case you'd like to learn more about how subtask dates alignment works, feel free to check this Help Center article.
 
Should you have any additional questions, we are here to help 🙂

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Dear Wrike team.  I see that this is still open since 2017.  
I just want to say that this is my #1 deterrent for using Wrike - a task should inherit the start and end dates of all of its subtasks.  Seems so simple and intuitive and yet not implemented, also, the Wrike team here has not offered any work arounds or suggestions (after 6 years of this being raise)...  Please help, Wrike team! 

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Hi John (SFD) Chen, welcome to the Community! Thank you for chiming in. You can achieve this in the New Table view by enabling dates rollup:

Would you please confirm if this is what you were looking for? 

Also, I'd like to mention that you can check our New to Community forum to discover all the resources you can find in our Community 🙂

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Hi @Juan.  Thanks for the note.

yeah, I did try this, after I turned it on and clicked on MIN, then when I went to Gantt chart view my dates all disappeared, and also it won't let me edit anything anymore - and I was stuck.  So I turned it back off, and had to delete my tasks and re-add them to make them behave properly again.  Looks like it's not fully flushed out yet....

BTW, one workaround (kinda takes u one step close) is to turn on "calculate subitems -> task only" in table view.  This definitely gets me one step closer as it seems to do the right thing, but it doesn't seem to update as new tasks are created or deleted....

Anyhoo.  it's nice to see there is a community trying to help.  New ideas would be appreciated!

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Hi John (SFD) Chen,

As a user and project manager, I have given up on Wrike implementing this feature.

As a note: Our company has acquired the Team license, which lacks several features compared to the Business license. For example, the ability to add tasks to folders.

My work around to the issue presented in this post (automatically rescheduling Subtasks when changes to the Start and End Dates of Parent Tasks) is to use the parent task as a "containment" or "folder".

I create sub-tasks under a parent card, and link those sub-tasks to each other. The Parent Task only serves to hold a group of tasks together so I can easily sort them in a table or gantt chart. No parent task has a start or end date in this case.

By using this strategy, the gantt chart is able to automatically change sub-task dates as you change start and end date of other sub-tasks (like it's done on every other PM software out there). See image for example.

This work around might not serve everyone's purpose, but it might help you on your project. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

It's definitey not a fix for the problem, but "a drowning man will clutch at a straw".

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