some people asked me about difference between %Complete, and %Work Complete. I’ll show you the difference with a very simple example in MS PROJECT 2013.
First, I will create a Simple Project with a single Task:
I will have a single Resource, John, of course:
and I will assign John to the Task:
I’ll switch to the Task Usage View, and I’ll add two columns %Complete, and %Work Complete:
On the right site of the View I’ll add Actual work row:
and I’ll get:
As you can see John has to work 40 hours (5 Days * 8 hours per day)
But, I need only 32 hours for that Task, and I want John to work 4 hours at Monday, and Tuesday, and 8 hours at Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. So I’ll manually update work field:
Now I will enter 50% at %Complete field, and I’ll get:
As you can see, %Complete is 50%, but % Work Complete is 38%. Where is the difference?
%Complete is 50%, and that means that John has worked 50% of duration, e.g. 5 Days * 50% = 2,5 days! So, if he worked only 2,5 days Actual work (in hours) is 4 hours at Monday, 4 hours at Tuesday, and 4 hours at Wednesday (half day, because John has to work 8 hours at Wednesday). This is what %Complete means = %Duration
On the other hand, John is supposed to work 32 hours to complete his Task. Hi already worked 12 hours (4 hours at Monday, 4 hours at Tuesday, and 4 hours at Wednesday). Simple math: %Work = 12 hours (Sum of Actual hours)/ 32 (Sum of work) = 0,375 = 38%
As simple as that!