Understanding Tracking Mode for Tasks

The tracking mode is one of the options when creating and editing Tasks. It controls how and when the Progress Status indicators of a task are displayed. Workfront displays Progress Status flags when certain controls are established.

For more information about Progress Status of tasks, see "Understanding Progress Status of Tasks."

Setting Tracking Mode

To set the tracking mode:

  1. Navigate to the task you want to set the tracking mode for.
  2. Click Edit Task in the upper-right corner.
    The Edit Task dialog box is opened.
  3. In the Settings section, use the Tracking Mode drop-down menu to select the tracking mode.
    For more information about the tracking mode options, see "Tracking Mode Options."
  4. Click Save Changes.

Tracking Mode Options

User Must Update

When this option is selected, updated task percent complete and logged work hours are used to determine the Progress Status of the task. This is the default option.

Assume On Time

Workfront assumes a task will be completed on time regardless of the current completion status. If it does not, then Workfront automatically assumes a completion date of the next working day. The user must still indicate when the task is completed. Use this option when users will not be regularly updating their tasks.

Ignore Late Warnings

The progress status of a task will be On Time until it becomes Late. For example, if a task is scheduled to take 10 days and on the day it is to be completed the task is reported as only 60% complete, then Workfront updates the Projected Completion Date by adding four days.

Auto Complete

Workfront assumes tasks will be completed as scheduled and marks them as complete on their Due or Planned Completion Dates. Until then, Workfront uses percent complete and hours logged to determine the Progress Status. However, regardless of the Progress Status before the scheduled completion date, the task is still marked complete.


Workfront estimates the Projected Completion Date of a task according to its predecessor relationship. The Progress Status of a task is determined based on this estimation. For example, assume that Task B is scheduled to complete two days after its predecessor, Task A, which should take five days. A user then updates Task B to 50% complete, but the predecessor, Task A, has not yet started. Workfront schedules the dependent Task B for completion six days after the start date of the predecessor task, allowing 5 days for Task A and 1 day for Task B.

This article last updated on 2018-06-01 20:30:56 UTC