This article discusses how you can identify the "Actual Start and End Dates" in Rational Quality Manager.
There will be instances where a testing effort would be delayed and one needs to capture the actual date it started as apposed to the planned date it was supposed to be started.
The planned start and end dates are inherited from the dates in the timeline, as are the actual dates that are shown in brackets next to the iteration name.
Initially, the planned dates and actual dates are identical. To update the actual dates, you will need to use the timeline editor. When you make updates in the timeline editor, the new dates are reflected in the iteration name. This does not change the planned dates. To change the planned dates, you need to make that change in the test schedule and not on the timeline editor.
This will not have the exact word called 'Actual'. However, you may reference this date and compare it with the planned dates.
The following steps lists the steps you will need to perform to edit the Actual dates:
1. Navigate to 'Test Plan > Test Schedule'
2. Select an iteration and Click the edit icon
3. Edit the dates under the Planned Start Date and enter the description as required
Also, the other way is to define the "Custom attributes" in the test plan where you will need to manually enter the Proposed / Actual Start / End dates.
However, with this you cannot capture the actual dates for each iteration. This gives you an option to custom define attributes and compare manually.
When you are defining the custom attributes you may mark the 'Planned/Proposed Start and End Dates" as "Required" so that one cannot save the test plan without specifying the planned dates.
While creating the test plan this should look like below:
You can use the "Browse Test Plans" and compare the 'Actual Start / End Dates' Vs 'Planned / Proposed Start / END Dates".