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How to build a project management workflow (+ 3 templates)
Project Management 10 min read

How to build a project management workflow (+ 3 templates)

In this post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide to planning, implementing, and assessing effective project management workflows.

Championing Change: Mike Fank on cutting implementation time by 83%
Project Management 5 min read

Championing Change: Mike Fank on cutting implementation time by 83%

We’re back with another installment of our Championing Change series, where we learn how real Wrike customers are using our platform in their daily work to reach their goals. Getting Wrike tips and tricks directly from customers is one of the best ways to get the most out of our platform.  This time, we’re hearing from Mike Fank, Operational Excellence, Quality, and Safety Manager at Wisconsin Metal Parts (WMP). In operation for over 30 years, WMP is a one-stop shop for metal production. As Mike put it, “We make everything.” The company manufactures the metal parts in bike racks, medical devices, HVAC systems, orthodontics —  and just about everything in between. “If it’s made of metal, we’ll gladly work on it,” he said.  Recently, Mike became our latest Wrike Black Belt holder, marking his work toward becoming a true Wrike champion. Today, Mike gives us insight into how the company continues to strive for improvement, increase efficiency, and embrace change using Wrike. Using Wrike to implement a continual improvement process “Continual improvement is core to what we do at WMP,” Mike explained. To reach its continuous improvement goals, the company created an employee improvement submission system to “track how many ideas are submitted and how many are implemented”. Starting with one small piece, WMP has grown its continual improvement process using Wrike as the foundation. “Wrike helped automate the approval and routing of ideas. After our initial use case was adopted, we continued to grow what can be put in Wrike,” Mike added.  But WMP didn’t just use Wrike to effectively collate employee-submitted ideas, it also integrated its corrective action process by building a custom template in Wrike that ensures each step is completed. Then it added required reviews and approvals at key steps, so management could regularly monitor each submission’s progress. Try Wrike for free In the process of implementing this system, WMP landed on one of our favorite bonuses of using Wrike: the elimination of spreadsheets and emails. As a manufacturing company, WMP can’t keep every element in Wrike but the key initiatives are there, according to Mike. And that alone has allowed the company to drastically cut down on status update emails and cumbersome spreadsheets for its continual improvement program.  Anticipating change management issues When we hear about our customers introducing entirely new processes, we know that adjustment can be tricky. Change can be hard! That’s why we’re particularly interested in spreading the word when we hear our customers tout the successful introduction of new Wrike features.  Mike explained that WMP’s strategy for change management was to get initial buy-in for building its continual improvement program using Wrike, build said program, and then follow up with those who needed extra assistance. “The key has been follow-ups and one-on-one training for the people who are either skeptical or didn’t understand,” Mike said. The icing on the cake? Being able to show that the program works. “We’ve also been able to show the dramatic improvement Wrike has had on implementing ideas.” As adjustments have been needed to tweak the continual improvement system, Mike said the process has been to “get the team together to understand the problems we’re facing with the current system, and then pilot a revised system in Wrike”. He added that it doesn’t take long for those adjustments to take hold: “So far, when people start using it, they immediately see the improvement.” Being a Wrike go-getter helps implementation  While a lot of what Wrike can do is intuitive, there’s so much more the platform can provide when you look a little deeper, take a tutorial, or attend our webinars. Mike really dove in head first, aiming to make sure WMP was getting the absolute maximum from Wrike.  “When first launching Wrike, I consumed everything I could. I read everything I could find, asked questions on the How To forum in the Help Center, and looked at all the other use cases,” he said. “I wanted to learn all the things Wrike could do to better help WMP implement it effectively.” And Mike’s diligence on the front end has paid off, both in a smooth Wrike rollout and impressive improvements in efficiency.  Leveraging Wrike to augment manufacturing technology Manufacturing organizations have priorities that can be a bit different from other Wrike customers, such as marketing agencies or IT companies. But WMP is a prime example of a manufacturing company using Wrike effectively.  Mike explained that WMP began by using Wrike for key initiatives while keeping scheduling, planning, and reporting on physical processes in its ERP system. However, WMP is striving to ensure all possible work moves into Wrike eventually. Mike admitted: “Not all our work is in Wrike. I know the saying is, ‘If it’s not in Wrike, it doesn’t exist’ — we’re not there.” With such effective change management strategies, however, it looks like WMP will be soon.  Wrike features boost WMP’s efficiency Thanks to WMP’s employee submission system, the company has been able to cut its backlog by more than half, from 300+ items to 128. Even more impressive? The company was also able to cut its implementation time from more than 30 days to just over five.  We just love hearing stories of Wrike significantly saving our customers time and energy.  If you’ve been on the fence about introducing Wrike’s work management platform to your company, let Wisconsin Metal Parts serve as an example: change really is worth it. Why not try Wrike for free for two weeks and get a taste of how your processes could improve and evolve with Wrike?  Try Wrike for free

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How to create a project timeline from scratch (+ an easier way)
Project Management 10 min read

How to create a project timeline from scratch (+ an easier way)

Spreadsheets just don’t cut it anymore. In this guide, we’ll explain why and outline everything you need to include in your project timeline.

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How To Boost Business Growth With Process Improvement
Project Management 10 min read

How To Boost Business Growth With Process Improvement

Every day is a chance to get better! With process improvement in your corner, you can grow your business and plant the seeds of success.

How To Enhance Customer Experience With Client Intake Forms
Project Management 10 min read

How To Enhance Customer Experience With Client Intake Forms

Entice potential clients and get them on board using a client intake form.

How To Create a Robust Workback Schedule
Project Management 10 min read

How To Create a Robust Workback Schedule

What is a workback schedule? How do you create one? Wrike has you covered.

How To Simplify Your Business With Process Mapping
Project Management 10 min read

How To Simplify Your Business With Process Mapping

The best teachers in school were the ones who broke down the concepts using engaging visuals. Simplify your business with process mapping — discover more with Wrike.

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Lessons Learned Templates: The Project Management Edition
Project Management 10 min read

Lessons Learned Templates: The Project Management Edition

Being a project manager can be difficult at times. Make sure you are constantly improving with the help of lessons learned templates.

How To Effectively Manage Inventory With Inventory Lists
Project Management 10 min read

How To Effectively Manage Inventory With Inventory Lists

Get essential tips for inventory management with our comprehensive overview of inventory lists.

Here’s How Your Ideas Shaped Wrike Product Updates in 2023
News 5 min read

Here’s How Your Ideas Shaped Wrike Product Updates in 2023

When we say we value customer feedback, we mean it! Here are some phenomenal product updates that started life as a user suggestion.

How To Navigate the Intricate World of Compliance Audits
Project Management 10 min read

How To Navigate the Intricate World of Compliance Audits

Compliance audits prevent you from ending up on the wrong side of the law.

How To Craft Purposeful Meetings With a Meeting Agenda
Project Management 10 min read

How To Craft Purposeful Meetings With a Meeting Agenda

Want to save time and create effective meeting agendas? Wrike has you covered.

Project Management Software for Creatives: 9 of the Best Tools
Project Management 10 min read

Project Management Software for Creatives: 9 of the Best Tools

If your creative team needs project management software, there are some features you can’t do without. Here’s a list of the best PM tools for creatives.

Essential Insights Into the Product Development Process
Marketing 10 min read

Essential Insights Into the Product Development Process

Prepare for launch with essential insights into the product development process.

How To Boost Business Efficiency Using Process Flow
Project Management 10 min read

How To Boost Business Efficiency Using Process Flow

Understand and implement process flow to enhance your business efficiency.

The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Sprint Backlogs for Agile Teams
Project Management 10 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Sprint Backlogs for Agile Teams

Master sprint backlogs and drive your Agile team’s success with our ultimate guide.

Wrike Named a Leader in Inaugural 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Collaborative Work Management
News 7 min read

Wrike Named a Leader in Inaugural 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Collaborative Work Management

Wrike has been recognized as a Leader in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Collaborative Work Management.

How To Simplify Employee Transition: An Offboarding Guide
Project Management 10 min read

How To Simplify Employee Transition: An Offboarding Guide

Here’s how to ensure your employees seamlessly transition out of the company while maintaining a professional demeanor.

How To Accelerate Innovation With the NPD Process
Project Management 10 min read

How To Accelerate Innovation With the NPD Process

Delve into the NPD process and learn how to bring new ideas to market.

How To Track Progress With the Maturity Model Framework
Project Management 10 min read

How To Track Progress With the Maturity Model Framework

Learn about the maturity model framework and track your business progress effectively.

Stellar Results: Soaring to New Heights of Efficiency With Wrike
Productivity 5 min read

Stellar Results: Soaring to New Heights of Efficiency With Wrike

Explore how real results and expert insights are all in orbit with Wrike in the finale of our efficiency blog series.