There is no way to disable this directly, when all subitems are marked complete it will roll up to the parent. However, what you can do is leave an empty task or milestone inside of the project so that the project cannot be marked completed until that item is marked complete as well.
Disable Automatic Project Status Update
I have established projects that contain milestones w/tasks underneath. Resources update the task/milestone status to complete. When the final task/milestone is marked complete, the project status automatically updates to complete. I do not want that project status automatically updated. How do i disable that?
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Can we get a platform option? We also do not want "children" objects altering the STATE of "parent" objects. Project Managers MUST manually "complete" each parent; because they must go through Validation and other "controls" put in place.
For example, a Milestone CANNOT be completed until a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION has been received from the Customer; so Clarizen is auto-completing Milestones when all Tasks are COMPLETE, but the system should not assume anything and allow us to control when something is COMPLETE. The "add a dummy task to your template" solution is not really a solution and "humans" still make mistakes, so it would be better to have a flag (or option) that can be set at the Work Item level. Some departments want AUTO COMPLETE, some do not; so we even want the flexibility within the company to choose and the best solution is a Work Item option and we can build some workflow logic around that versus "hacking" something together.
Everyone, make sure you VOTE UP on the original post, so that Clarizen realizes this is something we ALL need...