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Understanding the Planned Completion Date of a Project

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The Planned Start and the Planned Completion Dates of a project rely on the dates of the tasks on the project. 

The Planned Completion Date of a project can be set manually or automatically, depending on whether you schedule the project from the Start or from the Completion Date. 

Manually Setting the Planned Completion Date of a Project

You must manually set the Planned Completion Date of a project when you schedule the project from Completion Date. 

To schedule a project from Completion Date:

  1. Navigate to the Projects area in your Global Navigation Bar.
  2. Select the Projects tab, then click New Project.
    For more information about creating projects, see "Creating a Project."
  3. Click Edit Project.
  4. In the Schedule From field, select Completion Date.
  5. Specify the Planned Completion Date of the project.
  6. Click Save Changes.
    As you start adding tasks to your project, the Planned Start Date of the project calculates based on the total Duration of all of the tasks. 

Automatically Setting the Planned Completion Date of a Project

The Planned Completion Date of a project is automatically calculated by Workfront when you schedule the project from Start Date. 

To schedule a project from Start Date:

  1. Navigate to the Projects area in your Global Navigation Bar.
  2. Select the Projects tab, then click New Project.
    For more information about creating projects, see "Creating a Project."
  3. Click Edit Project.
  4. In the Schedule From field, select Start Date.
  5. Specify the Planned Start Date of the project.
  6. Click Save Changes.
    As you start adding tasks to your project, the Planned Completion Date of the project calculates based on the total Duration of all of the tasks. 
    For more information about Task Duration, see "Understanding Task Duration and Duration Type Overview."
    The Planned Completion Date of the project coincides, in this case, with the Planned Completion Date of the last task on the project.

Understanding the Planned Completion Date of a Task

You can either specify the Planned Completion Date of a task, or you can leave it up to Workfront to calculate it depending on certain criteria. 

Manually Setting the Planned Completion Date of a Task

Setting the Planned Completion Date of a task depends on the type of Task Constraint you assign to the task. 

You can manually set the Planned Completion Date when creating a task, as described in "Creating Tasks in a Project."

You can manually specify the Planned Completion Date when you select any of the following Task Constraints: 

Task Constraint Type

Effect of Manually Changing the Planned Completion Date

Must Finish On

Finish No Later Than

Finish No Earlier Than

The Planned Start Date is adjusted in order to keep the Duration the same.

Fixed Dates

The Duration is adjusted in order to keep the Planned Start Date the same.

Understanding How the Planned Completion Date Is Calculated for a Task

When it is calculated automatically by the system, the following can influence the Planned Completion Date of a Task:

When set automatically, the Planned Completion Date is determined based on the following calculation: 

Planned Completion Date = Planned Start Date + Duration

For example, if your task has a start date of September 16 and a duration of 10 days, the Planned Completion Date is September 26.

NOTE The Update Type for the project must also be set to 'Automatic and On Change' or 'Automatically' in order for the Planned Hours and Duration to be automatically adjusted.
For more information about the Update Type, see "Project Update Type."

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This needs to be split in two articles, and add one to the Tasks area. 

Linked to Understanding the Projected Completion Date for Projects, Tasks, and Issues; Project Condition article. Linked to Managing User Allocations.

This article last updated on 2018-09-06 21:34:10 UTC