Finally, unlike the Remaining Duration, the Expected Finish date does not require to be changed on every update cycle.
Unless there is a change on “in-progress” activities, you can leave the Expected Finish date as it is and let P6 automatically update the remaining duration for you.
Note that the Expected Finish date on Activity D did not require to be updated, and P6 automatically calculated the Remaining Duration to reach that date. Do not use Expected Finish dates on activities that have not yet started.
P6 would recalculate their durations in case they are delayed by their predecessors and it would not show any impact on their successors (Figure 3).
If you have used Expected Finish dates to build your initial schedule, remove them.
By Terri Maginnis What is Expected Finish in Primavera P6?
Expected Finish is a date field that is available at the activity level in P6 (activity table only) and P6 Professional (activity table and activity details).
This field can be used when updating your schedule in order to indicate when you expect on-going activities to be completed.This can be very useful when you are involved in a project where the team gives you the date they expect to finish the work instead of the amount of time they need to complete the work.As a matter of fact, this is a very common situation on a project.This may be due to the fact that it is more natural for the human brain to come out with a date rather than calculating the time/effort that is necessary to reach that date.The Main Benefits of Expected Finish As a project manager, it will make it easier for you to get the progress information during schedule updates, and possibly reduce the amount of time that you usually spend on that task.Also, one of the positive effects of using Expected Finish dates is that it helps induce a commitment from your team or your contractors regarding the dates they are giving to you on every progress meeting.