Scheduled Finish Date (SF)

In project management, Scheduled Finish date (SF) or planned finish date, is the date and time work was scheduled to be completed on a specific activity or task. Scheduled Finish date (SF) is planned using the resource-constrained scheduling process. This process involves scheduling tasks according to the knowledge of resource requirements and constraints such as time, scope and cost. This schedule adjusts the scheduled start and scheduled finish date (SF) according to time, scope and cost. Thus, schedule finish date (SF) may reflect the scarcity of scope, time, cost and other resources. It can also reflect the leveling of resources in project management.

Project time management involves identifying specific tasks and activities according to the project objectives. This is done by planning the sequence of activities and estimating the duration for each task. Then, a schedule is created according to the sequence and duration. The schedule includes the start and scheduled finish date (SF). During project management, the schedule is controlled according to the project resources and time constraints. There are three types of time constraints. The first one is flexible constraint which does not have specific dates so the project manager can start tasks as early or as late as possible. Semi-flexible constraint involves a date which controls the earliest start or finish date. As long as the deadline is met, the start or finish is flexible. Inflexible constraint means the date and schedule can not be changed. This usually means the project managers keep a strict timetable to keep up with the scheduled finish date (SF).

This term is defined in the 3rd and the 4th edition of the PMBOK.

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