I’ve got a question from one of my Blog Readers:
“Please clarify the following: I have created a Sample project in MS Project 2013, with tasks and assigned duration with required predecessors.
I have base lined the plan and started tracking the progress.
I see both the % Complete field & % Work Complete as 100% for all the completed tasks.
My question is why the % Work complete is being shown as 100% even though the work /baseline work being zero and the actual work also being zero.
The % Work Complete is calculated using the formula (Actual work/Work) *100 . Is this a bug?”
This is a basic thing in any version of MS PROJECT. I will show you a simple example an I will explain why this is not a bug at all. I’ll use MS PROJECT 2016!
I will follow steps, as my Blog Reader did. So, first I will crate very simple Project, and I will put predecessors:
Now, I’m gong to save the Baseline:
I will show now Gantt Chart View with some additional columns:
Now I will mark all Tasks as 100% completed:
and I’ll get:
Now, I’m going to explain what happened:
- When Task is marked as 100% completed, than %Work completed is also 100%. Why? Because Task cannot be completed if work is not completely done. It is logical. Can you imagine that Task is 100% completed (%Completed field), but you have to work on it, for example, 4 additional hours? It simply doesn’t make any sense
- Work, Actual Work, and baseline work is 0 (ZERO)? Why? Because work will be more than 0 if you:
- Assign Resources to Tasks
- Manually enter work in a work field without assigning any Resource to Tasks
- Anyway in both cases (with work greater than zero, or with work equal zero), %Work Completed is 100% when %Completed is also 100%!
Hope this helps.