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Actual Duration in MS Project vs Project Duration
Anonymous
Let's assume (summaries):

Current Status : Day 11

Baseline Project Start Date : Day 1
Baseline Project End Date : Day 10
Total Baseline Duration : 10 working days

Schedule Start Date : Day 1
Scheduled Finish Date : Day 15 ( taking into account the delays)
Total Scheduled Duration or Total Duration = 15 working days

Actual Duration from Ms Project = 13 working day

% Complete is given as = actual duration / scheduled duration = 13/15 = 87%

Remaining duration = 15-13 = 2 more days

However, as mentioned above, we are in the Day 11 of the project and there's variance delay of 4 days, hence actual duration of 13 days shown by MS Project doesn't make sense.

As actual duration in MSP is calculated as = Scheduled Duration * % Completion, it could be due to the % complete being marked incorrectly. However if that's the case, shouldn't the I.P show actual start/finish dates in the future ? However that's not the case here.

Could there be any plausible explanation ?
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Before answering this question, you'd need to answer:

1. What type of task is it - fixed duration? fixed work? fixed units?
2. Are resources assigned to it?
3. How were the task updates re: progress made?

Kiron
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1 reply by anonymous
Jun 30, 2020 8:03 AM
anonymous
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Dear Kiron,

1. The tasks are fixed units

2. Resources are not assigned to it

3. Tasks were updated by updating the % complete for each task or by updating the actual start/finish dates
Anonymous
Jun 30, 2020 7:55 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Before answering this question, you'd need to answer:

1. What type of task is it - fixed duration? fixed work? fixed units?
2. Are resources assigned to it?
3. How were the task updates re: progress made?

Kiron
Dear Kiron,

1. The tasks are fixed units

2. Resources are not assigned to it

3. Tasks were updated by updating the % complete for each task or by updating the actual start/finish dates
Try it using the Tasks - Mark on Track - Update Tasks dialog box instead as that is a preferred method of updating task progress.

For a partially completed task, you'd enter the start date, actual duration and remaining duration and let it auto-calculate the finish date and % complete.

Kiron

Kiron

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