Wrike : Go-To Tool for the Project Manager

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wrike_webappraterWe have all seen Project Management tools and software options flooding the market in the past few years — it seems like there’s a new tool coming out every month. Even comparatively smaller organizations have now started using these work tools to manage their day-to-day projects whether they’re in product development, marketing, sales, or some other discipline. But out of the huge amount of apps that we have today, only a handful are robust enough to be adopted as an integral backbone for the way an organization works. One robust software player that we’ll talk about today is Wrike (www.wrike.com).

Wrike is a task and project management software that helps you break down big work projects into smaller chunks that you can easily tackle. Let’s say you’re leading a product development team and by the end of this week, you have to submit a report on the design of the new product. Project planning would be your first priority and therefore you start with creating tasks, which might be broken down into even smaller subtasks, the set your goals for each day leading up to the deliverable. The next thing will be to assign different tasks to your team. Once this is done, your dashboard will keep you updated on the progress of each task.

Team members don’t even need to see each other face-to-face to collaborate. Using Wrike, they can put their feedback in the comments section of each task, upload file attachments to the task, and you as project manager can view all of this activity from your dashboard. It’s a formidable collaboration tool overall. The dashboard is streamlined and fully customizable. From prioritizing tasks via drag-and-drop to customizing statuses to multiple dashboards that give realtime information on team performance, to Gantt charts, baseline charts, and burn down charts, these are just some of the features that Wrike gives you.

Wrike is an online project management software that can be used in any environment and industry. Whether you’re a sales manager or a programming leader, you’ll find this tool equally valuable in moving work forward. For instance, as a marketing head, you’re bound to interact with a lot of people via emails which may contain important instructions and deadlines. You can integrate Wrike with your Outlook/Mac Mail/Gmail inboxes so that emails can be automatically converted into tasks and even filed in the proper folders. Moreover, you can also integrate many other cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box for file storage. And you can view and edit Word and Excel documents without having to download and then re-upload the file once you’re done.

Though Wrike is a Software-as-a-Service and therefore available everywhere, the Android and iOS apps extend the app’s mobility even further, allowing you to access your account while on the go. Then there is an extension for the Google Chrome browser which allows you to turn any webpage into a task with one click.

Starting with a free plan, they offer paid subscription plans starting from $49/month/5 users or $99/month/15 users. Scaling your business? Wrike offers the Enterprise plan and you can work out a premium for it depending on your requirements. And by the way, their free plan is open for everyone!

Overall, Wrike should be your go-to tool for project management because of its ease of use and its customizable features.

Pros: fluid interface, fully customizable dashboards, integrated cloud services, email integration, efficient collaboration tool, free plans available.

Cons: none.

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