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Understanding the Actual Start Date of a Project

The Actual Start Date is located on the details tab of projects, tasks, and issues. 

The Actual Start Date is the date that the work actually started. When the task assignee changes the status of the from ‘New’ to ‘In Progress’, or changes the progress bar, the Actual Start Date is set as today and indicates that the item actually started on this date.

Using System Preferences the System Administrator can identify whether today's date or the Planned Start/Completion Date is used when the Task is set to New, In Progress, or Complete. 

Actual Start Date is important because it is used to calculate the Projected Completion Date and the projected date of subsequent tasks. If today is not an accurate reflection of when the task actually started then the task assignee can manually change the date when editing the item.

To locate the Actual Start Date:

  1. Navigate to the Projects are in the Global Navigation Bar.
  2. Click the project you want to view the Actual Start Date for.
  3. Click the Project Details tab.
    The Actual Start Date is displayed.

Early Start: If the first update occurs before the Planned Start Date of the task or issue, then Workfront uses the current date and time for the Actual Start Date.

On Time and Late Start: If the first update occurs after the Planned Start Date of the task or issue, then Workfront uses the Planned Start Date of the work for the Actual Start Date.

In either situation, end users should modify the Actual Start Date to reflect a more accurate start time. Inaccurate dates will adversely affect the Actual Duration of the task, issue, or project.

NOTE: The earliest Actual Start Date from the tasks will be used as the Actual Start Date for the Project.