Trello vs Wrike – The Right Tool for Project Management

Proper project management can be one of the cornerstone factors determining the performance and efficiency of a project regardless of its scale, scope-of-work or end-goal. For this reason, it is highly essential that anyone in charge of project planning and project management is equipped not only with the right skill set but also the appropriate project management software.

However, there are a ton of different project management tools out there, and for the layman, picking the right one can be hard. To make this selection easier, we have prepared a review and comparison of the key features provided by two highly-used project management software – Trello and Wrike.

Project Management with Trello and Wrike – The Similarities

Here’s a list of shared features:

  • Cloud-based SaaS – both are web-based applications hosted on the cloud, allowing them to scale alongside your company
  • Knowledge base – access to help websites, knowledge base articles and video tutorials are included in the subscription fees
  • Collaborative workspace – multiple users are virtually involved in the project as it progresses, making it easier for you to oversee the work and the tasks in the process
  • Scalability – both software can be used by organizations of any size and adapt to their growth or alternatively, by an individual
  • Basic features available free of charge
  • Task delegation – You can delegate tasks between user X and user Y, makes accountability easy, and assignments clear for each user.
  • Email integration option – both apps offer multiple integrations with apps like Zapier and MailChimp.
  • Trackable document changes
  • Scheduling and deadline setting

Although they are very similar in theory, Trello and Wrike tackle project management through different approaches. Here is a more in-depth look at what they have to offer and how they differ from each other.

Trello

trello kanban board

Since its launch in 2011, Trello has gained praise and recognition for its user-friendly interface and simplicity – both in design and functionality. It is a project management and collaboration tool which organizes projects into kanban-style boards. Simply put, your dashboard will essentially resemble a virtual whiteboard with sticky notes separated into columns.

Pros & Cons

Trello’s Pros

  • Widely-known and used. Chances are, your employees already know how to use it
  • Very user-friendly (Kanban)
  • Mobile app available
  • Real-time updates
  • Mobile push-notifications
  • Multiple integration possibilities (e.g., Slack, Zapier, Google Drive, etc…)
  • Customizable themes
  • Easy to share
  • Easy registration process

Trello’s Cons

  • Lack of inbuilt Gantt charts, making it subpar for bigger projects
  • No ‘recurring tasks” feature
  • Limited calendar app integrations
  • Lack of inbuilt progress tracker
  • Easily-cluttered dashboard
  • Impractical for large-scale projects
  • Lack of reporting features
  • Uploading files can be very slow

Trello Feature Review

Visual Interface

Trello’s Kanban style visual interface is one of its most robust features. When a board or card is managed and organized correctly, it allows one to understand the tasks on the board easily, and furthermore, better understand the progress of the project.
It is also easy to customize – a background image or color of choice can be added to the dashboard at any point to suit one’s visual preferences.

Collaboration

Adding members to a team in Trello is done by simply dragging and dropping their profile on a card or board. e.You can do the same for assigning tasks to team members. If at any point of the project lifecycle, you need to remove a specific team member, users with access to editing the board can do so without losing that member’s data.

Labels

You can create labels and add them to boards. You can use these labels or cards to filter the tasks based on priority, category or any other separation that may suit your needs. You can color code them to help you quickly identify what stage a particular card or task is in, or just under what category or department it falls.

Access Control

Trello boards can be set to be either private, public, or customized on the team’s needs and goals. Also, a member, such as a project manager, supervisor, or someone whose role comes in after a particular task is done, can choose to “watch” aboard. The previous allows them to get notified whenever tasks are completed within that board.

Communication

Communication is made possible through @mentions, discussion boards and on cross-board comments. Similar to social media apps, when a member is mentioned, they immediately get notified. The @mention is an advantageous feature as it almost eliminates the need for long email chains and allows for the quick reception of real-time updates on every aspect of a project. As of this moment, Trello does not have a live chat option available.

Integrations

Trello allows for integration with a lot of apps, some of which make up for its shortcomings in reporting and analytics, milestone tracking, lack of Gantt charts, etc. Using these gives boards the functionalities of an independent app. Unlimited integrations are, however, only available to paid subscription users.

Trello pricing

Trello has three available subscription plans –



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Who is Trello for?

Trello is ideal for you if you are a visual thinker, as it puts all the information you need in front of your eyes simultaneously.

In most cases, Trello is much better for Solopreneurs, freelancers, startups, or small companies. While the Kanban board is very useful at a small scale, it gets extremely hard to use when you’re tackling numerous projects at the same time.

Wrike

Wrike is a flexible cloud-based collaboration and project management solution. Below you can find listed the advantages and disadvantages.

Pros & cons

Wrike’s Pros

  • Inbuilt Gantt charts
  • Multilingual options available
  • Three-pane dashboard
  • Task dependencies function
  • Time tracker
  • Progress tracker
  • Easy migration
  • App integrations
  • Reporting and analytics function
  • Real-time updates
  • Highly secure
  • Recurring task option
  • Freemium version available
  • Intuitive interface

Wrike’s Cons

  • Customization only available in premium
  • Resource-heavy
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Lack of inbuilt messaging system
  • Task exports only available in XLS format
  • Planning view export only available in PDF
  • Plain UI
  • No private task option

wrike features

Wrike feature review

Gantt charts

One of Wrike’s best features is its inbuilt Gantt chart – arguably one of the most useful tools in project planning.you can easily edit Gantt charts in Wrike with a click-and-drag function. You can use them to illustrate not only project schedules, but also task dependencies.

This allows you not only to track a project’s progress but also note the cause and effect relationship between tasks. It can aid your attempts in identifying potential bottlenecks or delays.

Recurring tasks

Recurring tasks is the automation of business processes that repeat over time, periodically or not. In this way, Wrike allows you to automate specific tasks, saving you the time and cost of starting the duties repeatedly from scratch.

Activity stream and @mentions

Your Wrike group activity stream immediately shows all the actions that you have performed within projects you are involved in or teams you are a part of. This is especially useful for project managers and members whose tasks are dependent on others. Also, members can @mention others whenever their attention is needed, making communication between team members highly efficient.

Wrike Proof Tool

Wrike also offers a “proofing” tool. The proofing tool can be used by teams involved in creative work to leave visual feedback through the use of markers and comments directly on an uploaded file.

Reporting and workload tracking

Another strong feature Wrike has over some of its competitors, including Trello, is its inbuilt function for reporting. These reports present, at a glance, the number of tasks at every stage and also what tasks each team member has completed or is in the progress of finishing the work.
This is a great tool to use for human resource management – when trying to avoid overworking certain members and underworking others. It can also be used when trying to quickly spot a responsible party for a delay in the chain.

Wrike Pricing

wrike pricing

Wrike has several premium plans with diverse functions:

Who is it for?

While Trello excels at small-scale projects, Wrike is THE tool you’d go for anything larger. If you’re managing multiple projects with multiple teams, the added Wrike features (i.e. Gantt chart) would be significantly more helpful than Trello.

Bottom line

So, to sum it all up – which PM tool do you go for?

Trello is the better option for you if you depend on the visual understanding of the project’s responsibilities. Moreover, its features make it the better option for freelancers, solopreneurs, visual designers, front-end developers and small to medium-small projects in general.

On the other hand, Wrike is the better option for projects that need to scale rapidly, as its features suit a more complex project management suite.

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  2. Your different departments are having a hard time communicating and cooperating
  3. You need to repeat messages or emails several times for a task to get completed
  4. You employees are getting demotivated from having to repeat the same tasks over and over again

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