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How is the Completion Probability of a work item calculated?

Yoshihisa Komai (3002422) | asked Feb 13 '14, 4:01 p.m.
edited Feb 13 '14, 5:05 p.m. by Millard Ellingsworth (2.5k12431)
Could anyone let me know know the calculation formula of Completion Probability?

I looked at following articles but I was not able to figure out the calculation formula of Completion Probability.

Millard Ellingsworth commented Feb 13 '14, 5:17 p.m.

As both of your references indicate: 

The following aspects are considered when the completion probability is computed: Effective EstimateMinimal EstimateMaximum Estimate, and Schedule Sequence (after what items is this item planned).

I looked through the Info Center and work items related to "Completion Probability" and could not find any details.

Are you seeing what you consider an issue with the calculation? Can you provide more details on your plan and why you thing the calculation does not reflect your situation? 

Yoshihisa Komai commented Feb 13 '14, 6:02 p.m.

I want to get  following kind of answer so that I can clearly understand how Completion Probability works.

User 1:
134/162 = 0.82 ~0.8 -> 0.8 - 0.8 = 0 (On Track)
(Bar will be green as both ratios (realtime/worktime) are equal)

User 2:
48/48 = 1 -> 0.8 - 1 = -0.2 -> (Behind)
Expected Work Done= (48 * 0.2) - 0 = 9.6 ~ 10

User 3:
76/88 = 0.86 ~0.9 -> 0.8 - 0.9 = -0.1 (Behind)
Expected Work Done= (88 * 0.2) - 12 = 5.6 ~ 6

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Chris Goldthorpe (4287) | answered Feb 13 '14, 7:46 p.m.
The completion probability is estimated using a triangular probability distribution ( see ) with the midpoint being the estimated time and the two endpoints being the minimum and maximum estimate respectively. If the minimum and maximum are not specified they default to 1/2 of the estimated time and 2x the estimated time respectively.

This in practice ends up yielding a higher probability that an item will complete behind schedule than ahead of schedule. The diagram below illustrates how the area under the triangle and to the right of the effective estimate is twice as large as the area to the left of the effective estimate, meaning that if the time available is exactly equal to the estimate the probability of completion will be estimated at 33%.
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