Current System design to automatically put an commit date into a task if task owner click working on it or put the task in "in Progress". This works for request type of company that people take the tasks if they can commit to the date.
However, this caused a lot of status issue per our company and we have to customize a lot of different status or custom form which never quite ideal.
In manufacturing company, PM provide the schedule with resource assigned to the tasks by their supervisor so it is not true that if task owner put the task in progress, he is to commit to finish on time. It is just simply means that he is working on it and it is XX percent completed. It is not practical for him to type in different date to the system since he may not know where to commit yet (issue with customer/design issues etc) He can simply update percent complete and system can figure the date out based on his update. This is easier approach for us.
Current this "automatic" system commit date caused a lot of issue for us. The marked several "late" project to "on time" but this is not true. We should have an option to op out of "automatically system commit date" so we can use the system base on progress nor manually commit a date.
Provide us more flexibility options on commit dates so it can be more suitable for different organizations will improve the system so each organization can set this up per their need instead of constant struggle with commit date and wrong status indication
If a system can't forecast properly the project status, it is really useless to a organization
Agree, this should be turned off with an option to "opt in" if desired. Based on how it works, I don't believe many people will opt in. I feel the commit date functionality causes confusion (worker sees commit and owner sees planned complete) and the fact that the owner accepting the commit date locks the schedule is a big problem as well.
With this roll out in January and no practical, easy way to match commit dates to planned completion dates there will also be a bigger problem on our hands!
Does anyone know of an efficient way to clear commit dates?
The commit date seems to override the planned completion date in the calculation of the critical path which is a huge concern for us!!
The only way we have come up with is creating a Layout Template to see commit and planned side by side within MYWork but since that's going away in January, it will probably have to be a report. and dashboard you build to look at dates that don't match.
This is a huge problem and needs fixed!
Carlos, be sure to follow and upvote this post if you can!
Carlos: I have not found the efficient way to remove the commit dates. The inefficient way is to remove the assignments and re-enter the assignment so you may be able to mass change them within report (same assignment).
We also created custom field for report/ filter so we can properly identify the issues.
We like the manual commit dates but would like to have "option" to remove the automatic commit date by the system.
Since there are a number of ideas on commit date all seeking votes, , a new idea covering all current suggestions for commit date has been added here: https://one.workfront.com/s/idea/0874X000000sYWFQA2/detail
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