April 26, 2019
A cloud-based project management software with features like built-in native time tracking and document history tracking.
Wrike does not mess around. This project management software solution won't surprise you with features, or offer an original interface that balances simplicity with functionality. This is the tool to use for people who want project management software that is built for the web, but doesn't offer some fresh new take on how projects should be managed. That might sound like an insult, but it's really not – project management paradigms are pretty well understood, and this tool doesn't try to reinvent the wheel with new features.
Instead, it offers most of the fundamental features we've seen in other project management tools, plus a few extras that are particularly helpful, like built-in document version tracking. It doesn't have a live chat functionality, but to be fair, this isn't available in most project management tools, either. Still, live chat is a helpful feature that we feel is missing in Wrike, though you can still integrate with third parties like Slack.
Document versioning feature (requires desktop plugin)
Free tier for up to 5 users
Built-in time tracking for upper pricing tiers
What is Wrike?
Wrike is a fairly conservative project management platform. It's not so conservative that it follows the spreadsheet model, like Microsoft Project or Smartsheet – although it does have a table view. But neither is Wrike a totally different take on how project management should be done, like Basecamp. Instead, Wrike switches between a single- and double-panel layout interface, depending on where you are within Wrike's hierarchy.
That hierarchy starts with teams, then goes down to folders (personal, shared, etc). Next come projects, then project phases – if you're using them – which are also represented as folders. Next come task lists, then finally tasks. This hierarchy should make it fairly easy for anyone familiar with project management to be able to jump right in, even with minimal onboarding.
Wrike also focuses on marketing teams in a way other platforms do not, offering a “Wrike for Marketers” product that is specifically tuned to that industry. It integrates with Adobe Creative Cloud, for instance, making it easier for teams to share and review any new marketing assets in development. Wrike also offers a free tier for up to five users, and a comprehensive enterprise product with the services and administrative privileges that big organizations need.
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Wrike Video Overview: Project Management in Action
This video from the company provides a brief overview of Wrike, as well as a demonstration of how to use the basic features of the software. Check it out to fully understand what Wrike offers.
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