The earliest completion date, the Early Finish Date, is a project management
term. The Early Finish Date refers to the Critical Path Method and an earlier time for the completion of project elements, sub-projects or the complete project. The earliest finish date is a date that is earlier than the completion date shown in the project plan. During the life of the project, the earlier completion date can change several times, especially if different phases of the project can be completed more quickly. Ideally, the project's completion schedule is earlier than the completion date shown in the project plan.