People working in teams on projects that have lots of complicated tasks to keep track of, usually take the assistance of one of many project management softwares available out there. One among them is Wrike, a truly full-bodied tool that keeps being embellished with new features by its makers. We had taken a look at Wrike around two years ago, but a lot has changed over the years, so let’s see what the program has to offer to us now.
2017 was a great year for Wrike users, whose lives got made way easier with the introduction of fresh features to the project management tool. Among them was Prime, the integrated search bar that gives users easy access to whatever it is they want to find in their Wrike projects.
As projects grow more and more dense, finding exactly what you’re looking for becomes a tedious process that can be a frustrating waste of time. With this integrated search, you can enter a term and all matching content will be right before your eyes in an instant. Wrike even allows you to filter any list, project or folder by a keyword while making a search.
This is not the only advantage brought about by this feature, merely clicking on the search bar opens up a list of all your recent tasks, this way, you can instantly get back to them. This addition of integrated search has indeed made Wrike a tremendously efficient project management program.
Last year in October, the developers behind the software also integrated Gmail support. People with G Suite subscriptions were allowed to bring their collaborative work management into Gmail. Say for instance, you are handed over a particular set of tasks by email. With the Gmail integration, that data can be quickly brought into Wrike for better managing, tracking and reporting.
Gmail users can also completely steer clear of long email threads with the use of Wrike comments. Within Gmail itself, they can collaborate using task comments within a little window that opens up on the right hand side. This way, all your conversations stay within Wrike, and there is the added bonus of interactive buttons for accessing various functions of the project management tool. Inversely, Wrike also allows you to convert your emails into comments, so that they can stay on record in one common platform.
Wrike has apps on both Android and iOS platforms. One of the many benefits that they make possible is the ability to work offline. While the Android app has had this feature for quite some time, the iOS version was provided with the same functionality recently. This enables you to keep viewing the tasks from your Inbox, My Work, Dashboards and Project or Folder lists, even when there’s no Internet.
Though you can’t post any comments on the feed when you’re offline, you can review the entire comment thread to get an idea of the tasks that you’ve been working on. When offline, it is also possible to create new tasks, which will get synced with the project once you go back online.
Wrike also made big changes to its layout recently, Chief; among them allows the ability to edit your custom widgets. This gives you an easy way to alter your filters and sort all the tasks within the widgets. Additionally, the new update even gave users the freedom to create custom widgets from the Dashboard view instead of leaving it.
Thanks to this all-encompassing Dashboard, project managers are able to get a real-time view of everything their team is working on. That said, there’s also the freedom to monitor progress via interactive timelines and the Gantt chart maker. Reports also get generated automatically, taking various factors under consideration.
Just a few months ago, an update to the Android and iOS apps of Wrike made possible the viewing of real-time reports. This seemingly small feature made a huge difference, as it allowed project managers to quickly pull out the data they needed during meetings and integrations. The developers took tablets under consideration as well as having had tailored the apps to show combined graphical and table charts on large screen devices.
All of this, and so much more makes Wrike an incredibly valuable tool for those who have a serious need for project management. If you’re one of them, do give the free trial a go!