# Difference between Physical % complete / % Work Complete / % Complete

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• Hi there,

Right now we have planned the Design and Engineering proces of Civil and Architectural Design. Here, we use MSP to plan this design proces. We do not use the options such as resource allocation etc. to e.g. determine how much progress we are currently making.

So we basically use MSP as a visual tool to plan our design proces and report progres manually. We also use MSP by its Baseline reports to extract the Actual work per week from. This we use as a input for a performance base measurement baseline (PBM). We use our internal system to check how much hours we are spending per week. This we compare by means of a cumulative curve to the planned hours (s-curve also) as extracted from the MSP planning. How much progress we are actually making is determined by a sophisticated method in which we ask our designers and engineers to report the status of their progress. More abstract, we dissect certain tasks, given task 1; in steps such as A; B; C; D and E. Task A; B; C; D have certain weighings as in their contribution to progress expressed in. So if A is completed then 10% of the task is completed; if B is completed then 40% of the task is completed etc etc.

So the extracted hours per week from MSP determine our S-curve as in planned hours over the project; The internal system shows us the used hours per week which we translate in a cummulative curve; and the motoring system that we have developed is used to measure the physical progress (% complete of end product (which is the design)). So we have a planned hours per week; spent hours per week; and % complete per week.

In MSP we are filling in the % complete by hand. This % we extract from our progress system.

The question is: should we use the % complete or physical % complete / % Work Complete / % Complete column in MSP?

Regards,

IngenieurX.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:38 PM

• I cannot give you the exact answer.  %complete is the percent duration complete.  % work complete is the percentage of the work completed.  By default, IF work is associated with a task (and in your case it seems you don't as you haven't added resources to tasks) then when you update %Complete the %work complete is updated as well, with the same value (this behaviour can be turned off per project so the two values are independent).   In the same scenario, updating %work updates %complete.

IF there is no work associated with a task, then when you update %complete then the % work complete is not updated, until the %complete is 100%, and then the %work complete is set to 100%.

Physical % complete is a manual setting, and is independent of both %work complete and % complete.

Based upon what you have said, I would use %complete.

Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book | downloads | P2O

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:25 PM

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• I cannot give you the exact answer.  %complete is the percent duration complete.  % work complete is the percentage of the work completed.  By default, IF work is associated with a task (and in your case it seems you don't as you haven't added resources to tasks) then when you update %Complete the %work complete is updated as well, with the same value (this behaviour can be turned off per project so the two values are independent).   In the same scenario, updating %work updates %complete.

IF there is no work associated with a task, then when you update %complete then the % work complete is not updated, until the %complete is 100%, and then the %work complete is set to 100%.

Physical % complete is a manual setting, and is independent of both %work complete and % complete.

Based upon what you have said, I would use %complete.

Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book | downloads | P2O

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:25 PM
• Thanks a lot Sir Howard; do you think that our method to track the physical progress as a function of our Planned Hours and Work hours is consistent? Anyone else some idea´s? Please be as strict as possible?
Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:49 PM