The Commit Date is set by the users completing a work item.
The Commit Date is the date an assignee gives as their commitment of when the task will be complete. It is their estimation and commitment to the Project Manager that they will have the task completed by a particular date.
NOTE You must be the Task Owner of a task to change the Commit Date. The following users cannot change the Commit Date of a task:
- Project Owner
- Project Sponsor
- Resource Manager
- System Administrator
- Any other assignee on the task
- Any other user with permissions to the task.
For more information about the Task Owner, see the "Assignments" section in "Editing Tasks."
When a user sets or changes the Commit Date:
- The Projected Completion Date is set to the same date, because the task now has a more accurate indication of when it is likely to be completed.
For more information about the Projected Completion Date, see "Understanding the Projected Completion Date for Projects, Tasks, and Issues."
- The Project Owner is notified whether this change will impact the project timeline. If a Project Owner does not want to accept the change, it is recommended that they comment back to the user to ask them to change the Commit Date back to the original Planned Date, or select a new date. If a Project Owner accepts the change, they can manually adjust the Planned Completion Date to match the Commit Date offered by the user assigned to the item.
- The Project Manager can use the Commit Date to reset the Planned Completion Date. You do this by selecting the Set planned date to option.
NOTE If you want to see how the timeline of the project is affected by accepting to change the Planned Completion Date of the task, click Project Timeline. This opens the Gantt Chart where you can evaluate the date changes.
NOTE Changes made to the Commit Date do not automatically change the planned dates, and changes made to the planned dates do not automatically change the Commit Date.
For information about the additional functionality that is available when updating a work item, see "Updating Work Items."