Finish Slack (task field)

Data Type    Duration (duration field: A type of field whose content is expressed as a duration of time. Examples include the Work, Duration, and Delay fields. A duration field includes the duration unit, such as hour, day, or week.)

Entry Type    Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)

Description    The Finish Slack field contains the duration between the Early Finish and Late Finish dates. The smaller of the finish slack and start slack amounts determines the amount of free slack (free slack: The amount of time that a task can be delayed without delaying its successor tasks. For a task without successors, free slack is the amount of time that the task can be delayed without delaying the finish date of the project.) available, that is, the amount of time a task can be delayed without affecting the start date of a successor task or the project finish date.

How Calculated    Finish slack is the duration that represents the difference between the late finish and early finish dates. The early finish is the earliest date that a task could possibly finish. Likewise, the late finish field contains the latest date that a task can finish without delaying the finish of the project. Project calculates the finish slack as follows:

Finish Slack = Late Finish - Early Finish

Best Uses    Add the Start Slack and Finish Slack fields to any task view when you want to review how free slack was calculated.

Example    You are reviewing free slack in your schedule and want to see more details about how it was calculated. You add the Start Slack and Finish Slack fields to the task sheet and analyze the durations.

Remarks    If a task has an actual start date and also a deadline (deadline: A target date indicating when you want a task to be completed. If the deadline date passes and the task is not completed, Project displays an indicator.) set, the start slack will be 0 and the finish slack will be the difference between the task's finish date and deadline date.

Applies to:
Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Project 2010, Project 2007, Project 2003