The Handoff Date is the date a task becomes available for work. This typically means that its predecessors have resolved and the assignee of the task can start working on it.
Handoff Dates do not exist for issues and projects.
The Handoff Date is calculated only if the project status equates to the following statuses:
Workfront uses the following rules for calculating the Handoff Date of a task:
When the task has an incomplete predecessor: The Handoff Date for the task is null.
When the task has a complete predecessor: The Handoff Date is the same as the Actual Completion Date of the predecessor task. If the predecessor has a lag, Workfront calculates the Handoff Date of the successor task using the following formula:
Successor Handoff Date = Predecessor Actual Completion Date + Lag
For information about lag time, see Overview of Lag Types.
If the successor task has more than one predecessor, the Handoff Date is calculated based on the latest Actual Completion Date of the predecessors. For example, if the two predecessors’ Actual Completion Dates are November 8, 2022 and November 20, 2022, the Handoff Date of the successor is November 20, 2022.
Calculating the Handoff Date of a successor task based on the Actual Completion Date or a predecessor task is the same whether the predecessor is enforced or not. For more information about enforced predecessors, see Enforce predecessors.
When the task has no predecessor and:
When the task has a cross-project predecessor, the handoff date of the successor recalculates only when either of the following occur:
For information about recalculating the project’s timeline, see Recalculate project timelines.
When the task has a forced constraint for the Planned Dates: The Handoff Date is always the same as the date set by the constraint, regardless of any other condition.
The following are forced constraints on tasks:
You can display the Handoff Date of a task in a task report or the view of a task list.
For more information about building a report, see Create a custom report.