Actual duration vs. Actual Start and Actual Finish in MS PROJECT 2019


today I will show you a short tip about tracking progress in MS PROJECT 2019!

Suppose this scenario:


The Task has 0,5 days duration, and is supposed to be started and finished at 28.01.2019. Now let’s suppose that it started and finished one day later, e.g. at 29.01.2019. I can track this by putting start and finish date as:




I will get:


And this is not what I wanted, because actual duration is 0,5 days. To get that, do not put Actual finish date, but instead of that, follow this steps:


and the result is:


To conclude, when you want to have exact number of actual days (3,5 for example), put this value in Actual duration, and Remaining duration should be zero. And if task has started at different date then planned put this Actual start date, and Actual finish should be left empty. Since remaining duration is zero, Actual finish will be calculated.



About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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