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    Baseline (2003)

    Can someone please explain this baseline consept to me. The help is not quite doing it for me.

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    Lawrence,

    There is a PM saying, "Plan the work, then work the plan." When you finish the "planning" phase of a project, by baselining you are capturing an image of that original plan (e.g., start & finish dates, durations, work, etc...). When you go to "execute" your project, you want to complete each task as "planned", meaning the way it looked when you baselined. This is the way of determining your success on a project. In other words it is the way to measure your progress as well as success. Earned Value Management calculations (BCWS, BCWP, and ACWP), which are included in the more recent versions of MS Project, are the industry standard calculations that can be used to report metrics for progress. Baselining is one of the prerequisites for using these calculations.

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    When you save a baseline in Project it will copy the current plan information into Baseline fields. In Project 2003 you can save up to 10 full baselines. The data that is captured when you save a baseline is:
    Task Information:
    Start field
    Finish field
    Duration field
    Work and time-phased work fields
    Cost and time-phased cost fields

    Resource Information:
    Work and time-phased work fields
    Cost and time-phased cost fields

    Asignment Information:
    Start field
    Finish field
    Work and time-phased work fields
    Cost and time-phased cost fields

    You can also save up to 10 separate Intirim baselines.
    An interim baseline saves start and finish dates of tasks only not resource or assignment values.

    These stored values are then used for comparative analysis to see where you originally planed you would be and where you are currently. Once a baseline has been saved for the plan you can view task slippage from the baseline in the Detail Gantt view. You can see baseline values with current values in the Tracking Gantt. You can also view project performance in terms of time and cost using the earned value analysis table or report. There is a Variance table to show a dataset comparing current to baseline start and finish values for tasks.

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    Lawrence,

    In layman terms, the Base Line is a snapshot of your plan to do the work that you layed out on your schedule.

    For example, you need to build a house and create a schedule to do this with tasks such as Get Permits, Pour Foundation, Construct Frame, Install Siding, Install Roof, etc. Each task is created according to your original plan with durations, budgets, etc. After your plan is complete, you create a "Baseline" to save a version of the schedule as you planned to accomplish it.

    Now you start your work. You get your permits and pour the foundation and update your schedule accordingly. All is going to plan. However, a hurricane hits and all of your lumber is blown away such that you have to order new lumber. The lumber wont arrive for three weeks such that your schedule is going to be delayed.

    What is the effect to your original schedule? You would check your current plan against the baseline to determine the variances (i.e., Cost and Schedule Variance) to determine the effects of the delay (Current Schedule) against the original planned schedule (Baseline).

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    Thanks for your help. It clarified a few issues.

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    Do you know how I can get baseline costs to appear on a gantt chart, basically I would like to see baseline costs on the left of the bar and actual costs on the right.

    I can get the actual costs easily enough using the customise gantt wizard, but cant figure out how to also get the baseline costs as this doesnt appear to be an option in the drop lists.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Cheers

    Karen

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    Re: Baseline (2003)

    - Make a copy of your project....

    Highlight all cells and then select Format Bar. In the Bar Text tab, select Left and choose the Baseline Cost you want to add to the left of the gantt bars.

    HTH
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    Gary
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