[Status: Backburner ⌛️] Duplicating Projects - Reschedule by Milestone

Oh hi,

It would be amazing to have the ability to reschedule a project by a milestone date (in addition to first task start date or last task end date).

For example, many of our projects are content launches that include promotion, monitoring, and other tasks post-launch.

This makes duplicating projects a struggle because we have to introduce math - the user has to add EXACTLY 8 WEEKS to the content launch date in order to have the project reschedule correctly. (And yes, they could shift + drag to adjust the timeline, but that seems like an unnecessary extra step.)

It makes sense that we use milestones to mark an important task, but it would also be great to define a project by that important task too.

Please advise / assist. Thanks!
Carolanne

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Stephen

Oh, hi! 😄

Just so I'm clear, you would reschedule the Milestone and from there all other tasks before and after would align accordingly - great feedback! Right now, you can only set from the start or end dates. We'll make sure we pass this to the relevant Product Manager for when they're reviewing this feature in the future!

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@Stephen, exactly - the project would keep the relative spacing for tasks that happen before AND after the milestone. This would allow the person duping the project to reschedule based on the date they know for sure - the milestone date - rather than estimate from the first or last task.

Thanks!
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Stephanie Westbrook

@Carolanne Hey hey - I'm sorry for asking for more specifics here - but I'm guessing that the milestone isn't the last task in the sequence then? If that's the case are there a lot of tasks following the milestone?

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@Stephanie, that's correct.

In the example I screenshotted above, we're launching a piece of content, and the release date is the milestone. We have tasks for planning and production that happen before the milestone, but we also have post-launch tasks that occur once the content is released, such as continued promotion on social or reporting on how well the content performed. The first task can be as early as four months before launch, and the last task can be as late as two months following launch.

For us, the release date makes more sense for scheduling than making the first or last task a milestone - in some cases, there can be variation in when the project begins or how much post-launch promotion we do, and it's also possible to adjust the timeline or omit other tasks without disturbing the release date, because it's the milestone.

Hope that helps!
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Stephanie Westbrook

@Carolanne That makes a lot of sense. I was wondering why the last task wouldn't work, but if the post-launch activities change I completely understand. Thank you so much for that!👌

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Hi @Stephanie, any update on this request? We're currently refreshing our templates, and this would be a fantastic addition!

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This would be a dream. has @wirke made any progress on this feature? 

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I came here looking for this very request. I hope they make it happen! We have the same problem--defined deployment dates but variable post-deployment tasks.

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Hi @All, thanks for your input here 👍 All the feedback is passed to our Product team. +1's of the original suggestion help us assess its popularity among Wrike users. For now, I don't have an update to share with you, but I'll get back to you when I have news. Once the suggestion hits 60 votes, we'll add one of the Product Feedback statuses to it.

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We'd really like to see this implemented. Our use case is very similar to Carolanne's. We have a checklist for new employees which has a hard deadline in the middle for the employee's start date. We have tasks leading up to the start date and tasks trailing the start date, but the start date is the part set in stone.

To add a twist, we'd like to do this in a Request Form. So we have a Date field on the request form that feeds into the milestone task and the project re-schedules around the milestone task.

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@Joshua thanks for adding your feedback here 🙂

@Everyone, only 5 upvotes left until we add a Product Feedback Status here. Keep voting 👍

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Our team would really benefit from this feature as well. It would also be great for this to start from the request form as previously mentioned. Thanks

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Hi @Stephen @Stephanie @Lisa , we've reached 60+ votes for this topic - what's the product feedback status?

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Thanks for the votes, everyone 🙂 I've added the "Backburner" status here; our Product team is definitely interested and this suggestion is on their radar 🙌

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This would be really great to have.  We use Wrike to manage a lot of events, with pre and post work for each event.  Currently, we have to have 2 projects (Post-event and Pre-event) in order for our tasks to be scheduled correctly.  Hopefully this gets added soon

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Hugh

Hey everyone, thank you for all of your feedback!

Our Product team is still interested in this suggestion but it is not on their short-term roadmap. For that reason, the "Backburner" status has not changed. I'll keep you posted whenever I get an update!

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Please consider adding this feature. As I work more with marketing teams, I'm finding that this scenario is EXTREMELY common. Is there any way to escalate this request since it has enough votes? 

 

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Hugh

Hi Rich Teachout, thank you for the feedback.

In regards to how requests are processed, I'd recommend reading this thread about the system that the Product team uses when reading suggestions.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, let me know.

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I was only adding my .02 and hoping to help get this feature out of backburner status... not sure I needed to read a long article that could have been summed up with:

"The votes, comments, and threads you start in the Product Feedback section make a difference and allow you to connect directly to the Product Team."

😕 

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Thanks for summing up, Rich Teachout! We often share the link to the article above to make sure we're setting the right expectations in regards to the suggestions posted here. Sorry for the confusion. We'll be checking with the team again in the coming months and we'll let you know if we have any updates. 

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As a marketing team this would be really helpful for us. Most of our work revolves around a central milestone where work is launched to the public.

Being able to schedule and report around a launch date milestone would increase our ability to automate through blueprints. We can do all this rescheduling manually now but it makes it difficult to take advantage of the automation Wrike can offer.

 

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Hugh

Hi Meghan, thank you for sharing your use case here! No update at the moment; if anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know.

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PLEASE make this happen! I'm currently tearing out my hair trying to get a blueprint set so that it will populate in line with a particular milestone. Right now the last "task" in the project says "END: reschedule so that end date is 12 weeks after launch date" (launch date is not the first task in the project). 

We run up against this frequently, and it makes me cry (and swear). 

Thanks

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I'm sorry to hear about your frustration over this, Emily Taylor! As soon as we have an update from the team, we'll post back here. 

mdr

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Is there an update on this feature? I'm with Emily - the lack of this feature is extremely frustrating for our team and was not disclosed after repeatedly asking this in our evaluation process. 

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Hi Courtney Johnson, welcome to the Community!

I'm sorry for the inconvenience this causes. I've checked with the team, and. unfortunately, this isn't on their short-term plans due to other priorities. I'll keep passing on the feedback and the vote count from this thread and I'll let you know if anything changes here.

Please let me know if I can help with anything else! 

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Rescheduling by milestone is important for my team as the majority of our projects are based on a specific milestone for distribution, publication, or an event and then we have follow up actions after that.  Right now we have to reschedule manually.

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Thank you for supporting this suggestion Jude Metoyer! 🙌

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This feature would also be very helpful for my team. The prep or follow-up work for a project isn't usually a defined date, but it's in our blueprints. However, we do know certain milestone dates pretty early in the project's life, like when an exhibition opens or closes. Most tasks lead up to or follow those dates. The feature where you can reschedule based on start date or end dates isn't that helpful, but rescheduling based on a milestone would be.

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Hello Desiree Dixon, thank you for adding your support here. I've shared your feedback with our Product team 👍🏼

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