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Understanding the Projected Completion Date for Projects, Tasks, and Issues

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The Projected Completion Date is a real-time, calculated indicator of when the project, task, or issue will be completed. When the project, task, or issue is marked as Completed, the Projected Completion Date changes to the date of the Actual Completion Date.

The following sections describe how the Projected Completion Date is determined for projects, tasks, and issues, and how to locate it.

Understanding How the Projected Completion Date Is Determined

The Projected Completion Date is a calculated field, and cannot be manually changed.

The criteria used to determine the Projected Completion Date differs, depending on the object you are viewing:

  • Projects: The Projected Completion Date for projects equates with the Projected Completion Date of the latest task on the project.
  • Tasks: The Projected Completion Date for tasks is determined based on the following criteria:
    • Progress updates made on the task by the task assignee: Progress updates include changes to percent complete and changes of task status.
    • Commit Date: If the task assignee specifies a Commit Date, the Projected Completion Date changes to match the Commit Date.
      For more information about Commit Dates, see  "Understanding Commit Dates."
    • Predecessors: If there are no delays on the predecessor tasks, the Projected Completion Date should match the Planned Completion Date. As delays occur, dependent tasks show a Projected Completion Date greater than the Planned Completion Date.
      For more information about the Planned Completion Date of tasks, see the "Understanding the Planned Completion Date of a Task" section in "Understanding the Planned Completion Date of a Project."
    IMPORTANT When the predecessor of a task has an Actual Completion Date, the dependent tasks receive a Projected Completion Date as described in the following scenario:
    If the project has Task A, Task B, and Task C, and Task B is the successor of Task A, Task C is the successor of Task B and an Actual Completion Date is added to Task A, the Projected Completion Date is automatically recalculated for Task B (provided the Update Type of the project is set to Automatic and On Change), but it will not be recalculated for Task C. Currently, Workfront calculates the Projected Completion Date for tasks that are one level up or down from the updated Task, for the performance reasons. 
  • Issues: The issue Projected Completion Date is initially set to match the issue Planned Completion Date.
    If the issue assignee specifies a commit date, both the Projected Completion Date and the Planned Completion Date change to match the commit date.
    For more information about Commit Dates, see  "Understanding Commit Dates."

Viewing the Projected Completion Date

You can view the Projected Completion Date of projects, tasks, and issues in reports. You can view the Projected Completion Date of projects and tasks in other areas of Workfront. 

Viewing the Projected Completion Date of a Project

  1. Navigate to the project where you want to view the Projected Completion Date.
  2. Click the Project Details tab.
  3. On the Overview tab, locate the Projected Completion Date field.
    project_projected_completion_date.png

 

Viewing the Projected Completion Date of a Task

  1. Navigate to the task where you want to view the Projected Completion Date.
  2. Click the Task Details tab. 
  3. On the Overview tab, locate the Projected Completion Date field.
    projected_task.png

Viewing the Projected Completion Date of an Issue

The Projected Completion Date for issues can be viewed only within an issue report. 

To create an issue report that includes the Projected Completion Date:

  1. Create an issue report, as described in "Creating a Report."
  2. Select the Columns (View) tab.
  3. Click Add Column, and start typing Projected Completion Date in the Show in this column: field.
  4. Select it when it appears in the list, under the Issue object. 
    projectedcompletiondate_issuereport.png
  5. Click Save + Close.
    The Projected Completion Date column in the report is populated. 
    issue_projected_completion_date_in_view.png

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Linked to Navigating the Gantt chart, Understanding Project Condition - do not change.

This article last updated on 2018-06-08 14:52:24 UTC