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Capturing 'Actual' Task Completion Timestamp/Date

Posted on 2008-10-30
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At my company, we are utilizing MS Project Server 2003 to allow other teams to report activity on tasks. They perform this operation in MS Project Server Web and are able to mark a task 100% complete, indicating it is done.

How can I capture the true 'Actual' date when they marked it 100% complete, as MS Project seems to default the completion date to the "Planned Finish" or "Finish" for the task versus timestamping when it was marked complete.
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gevgar earned 500 total points
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Get them to fill in a field called 'actual finish' with the date that task was done on. That will mark the task as 100% done and will indicate the actual done date.
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I've attempted to test this solution - but  you can't leave that field blank and force someone to update it. It will auto-fill the date again with the Finish Date of the task if all they perform is 'Mark 100% Complete'

Good thought, but the testing performed didn't force users to fill the field, it just took the value. Not much for holding accountability.
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by:obriens2
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I think overall - this is an issue within MS Project where it won't actually record the date/time the information was captured. It wouldn't be a hard solution to manage - but I think the only way I could enforce adherence would be to create my own interface and capture the info myself.

Thanks for trying.
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