Don’t Let Schedule Conflicts Ruin Your Plans

Wrike's Conflicts Monitor dashboard widget is a powerful weapon in battle against late deliveries and missed deadlines. That's why I've been surprised lately to see that this feature is underutilized by many of the Wrike users I work with. I hope that by the end of this blog post, you'll be using the Conflicts Monitor so effectively that your boss's boss will drop by your desk to ask "How's this kid do it?"
Wrike's Conflicts Monitor dashboard widget is a powerful weapon in battle against late deliveries and missed deadlines. That's why I've been surprised lately to see that this feature is underutilized by many of the Wrike users I work with. I hope that by the end of this blog post, you'll be using the Conflicts Monitor so effectively that your boss's boss will drop by your desk to ask "How's this kid do it?"

 

What is a Conflict?
 
In Wrike, a "conflict" is when a task is scheduled to be completed AFTER its dependent milestone. On your timeline, these are shown with a fear-invoking Orange dependency. But since we're not always looking at our timeline, they can be easy to miss in other views. That's why we created the Conflicts Monitor . The conflicts monitor finds these in all of your projects, and displays them in a dashboard widget so you always know when there's a problem on the horizon.


 

Keep it Clean, man!
 
The simple rule to keep in mind here is "KEEP IT CLEAN." If the Conflicts Monitor is empty, it means your projects are on schedule.
 
If an entry should appear, you can click on the warning, jump to the problem area in the timeline, and open the task details to show exactly why this change was made. Now you need to decide: is the Task wrong, or is the Milestone wrong? In most situations, you'll end up moving the task forward a couple of days to hit the goal, but sometimes the conflict may be due to an unrealistic deadline, and in these situations, the conflicts monitor gives you, as project manager, the power to decide.


 

Give it a Try
 
If you've got a lot on your plate and are managing tight schedules, there's no doubt that the conflicts monitor should be on your dashboard. Remember: A Clean monitor is a happy monitor :)

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