Understanding Progress Status of Tasks

Workfront determines the Progress Status of a task by looking at the progression of the task across its timeline. You can configure Workfront to determine the Condition of a project based on the value of the Progress Status of the tasks. For more information about configuring the Condition of the project, see "Understanding Project Condition." 

The Progress Status of a project is determined by the last task on the Critical Path. The values for the Progress Status of projects are the same as those for the Progress Status of tasks.

The following criteria determine the Progress Status of a task: 

Progress Status

Determining Criteria


On Time

A task is considered On Time when all the Planned Dates match the Projected Dates. This Progress Status could also mean that the project is ahead of schedule and the Projected Dates could be before the Planned Dates.

For more information about Projected Dates, see "Understanding the Projected Completion Date of a Project."

For more information about Planned Dates, see "Understanding the Planned Completion Date of a Project."







At Risk

 A task is considered At Risk when the Estimated Due Dates are after the Projected Dates. This can happen when a task has a constraint of Must Finish On or Must Start On but the percent complete or the predecessor relationships of the task show that it cannot finish or start on the specified dates.

Setting the Task Constraint to Must Finish On manually sets the Planned Completion Date to a specific date. The Projected Completion Date in this case matches the Planned Completion Date. In the case of this constraint, Workfront analyzes the task to calculate when it will finish based on the percent completed. This calculation is stored as the Estimated Due Date. If the Estimated Due Date is after the Projected Completion Date, the task is considered at risk of being late. 

Setting the Task Constraint to Must Start On manually sets the Planned Start Date to a specific date. The Projected Start Date in this case matches the Planned Start Date. In the case of this constraint, Workfront analyzes the task to calculate when it will start based on its predecessor relationships. This calculation is stored as the Estimated Start Date. If there is an enforced predecessor that will not allow the task to start on the specified Start Date, then the Estimated Start Date can be after the Projected Completion Date. The task is considered at risk of being late.

NOTE Typically, Estimated Dates match Projected Dates except for when Must Start On or Must Finish On are used. In these cases, Estimated Dates continue to calculate based on percent complete and other factors (predecessor relationships), while the Projected Dates are forced to match the Planned Dates which have been set manually.


A task is considered to be Behind when it has a Projected Start Date later than the Planned Start Date. This means that the task was started late. The Projected Completion Date is a real-time view of when the task will be completed based on prior progress. Though the task was started late, it is not considered late yet, because the Planned and Projected Completion Dates are still in the future, and the task might still be completed on time.

Late A task is Late when the Planned Completion Date has passed and the task status has not yet been set to Complete.