Data Type Percentage (percentage field: A type of field whose content is a percentage. Examples include the %Complete and %WorkComplete fields.)
Entry Type Entered (entered field: A field in which you may type or edit information. This is in contrast with a calculated field, in which Project calculates and enters information.)
Description The Physical % Complete field shows an entered percent complete value that can be be used as an alternative for calculating budgeted cost of work performed (BCWP). This field is also known as Earned Value % Complete.
Best Uses Add the Physical % Complete field to a task view and enter values when the calculated percent complete would not be an accurate measure of real work performed or measured. Unlike the % Complete field, the Physical % Complete field is independent of the total duration or actual duration values used by the % Complete field to calculate BCWP.
Example A project of building a stone wall consists of 100 stones stacked five high. The first row of 20 stones can be laid in 20 minutes, but the second row takes 25 minutes because now you have to lift the stones up one row higher, so it takes a little longer. The third row would take 30 minutes, the fourth 35 minutes, and the last row takes 40 minutes to lay—150 minutes total. After laying the first three rows, the project could be said to be 60 percent physically complete (you laid 60 of 100 stones). However, you only spent 75 of 150 minutes, so in terms of duration, the job is only 50 percent complete. You add the Physical % Complete field to the Gantt Chart view to enter and track progress for this task.
Depending on how you get paid for the work or how the value is earned (by the stone, or by the hour), you can choose the percent complete value or the physical percent complete value to properly reflect this in the earned value analysis.
Remarks While the default earned value method field is % Complete, you can change it to Physical % Complete for any tasks that apply.
You can also set the earned value method for a task in the Task Information dialog box.
You can set the default earned value method for all new tasks in the Project Options dialog box. You can also choose which of the 11 available baselines should be used for earned value calculations.
The Physical % Complete field is available by default on the Tracking table.