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Different Baseline Fields in Ms Project 2007 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    In Microsost Project 2007, I can find that there are different baseline fields, for e.g, Baseline  Start, Baseline 1 Start, Baseline 2 Start; same applies for Baseline 1 work, Baseline 2 work and this goes on till Baseline 10...

    Can you explain in which circumstance we use these these fields 1, 2,3...till 10?

    Do these fields listed above are used to reflect the newly proposed baseline figures by clients or relevant stakeholders?

    In EV metrics, once a task is baselined, we should stick to this "snapshot" to be able to know how far in reality we have deviated from the initial estimation. Then what is the purpose of having these fields?

    Please help.

    Thanks and Kind Regards

    Soudha

    Sunday, January 6, 2013 4:54 AM

Answers

  • Soudha, As you realise, a baseline is used for capturing the state of a project so that as it is executed, you can determine whether it is on track, derive earned value information and so on. Generally the default baseline (sometimes called Baseline Blank or Baseline 0) is the one you will use for this. Different organisations may have different managed processes involving the use of the various baselines. A couple of examples of additional uses are:

    • Keeping track of the original project estimate even when there are approved changes which trigger a rebaselining. When the project plan is first approved, capture both Baselines 0 and 1. As time passes and change requests are approved, resnap the changes to Baseline 0 but leave Baseline 1 as the original version. You can then show what the effect of the cumulative approved changes have been since the project was first approved.
    • Predicting the impact of proposed change requests. Before approving change requests, the change control board should ask the project manager what impact they will have on the project schedule, workload, cost, etc. Use one of the baselines (e.g. Baseline 9) to capture the current state of the project, then when you enter the changes required to meet the requests, you can show the impact as the difference from the baseline 9 figures. (Of course, you do not save the changed project until/unless the changes are approved).

    Just a couple of examples. It's important to have some rules around the organisation about which Baselines are used for what.

    Graham

    • Proposed as answer by epmXpertsModerator Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Soudha Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:59 AM
    Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:12 PM

All replies

  • Soudha, As you realise, a baseline is used for capturing the state of a project so that as it is executed, you can determine whether it is on track, derive earned value information and so on. Generally the default baseline (sometimes called Baseline Blank or Baseline 0) is the one you will use for this. Different organisations may have different managed processes involving the use of the various baselines. A couple of examples of additional uses are:

    • Keeping track of the original project estimate even when there are approved changes which trigger a rebaselining. When the project plan is first approved, capture both Baselines 0 and 1. As time passes and change requests are approved, resnap the changes to Baseline 0 but leave Baseline 1 as the original version. You can then show what the effect of the cumulative approved changes have been since the project was first approved.
    • Predicting the impact of proposed change requests. Before approving change requests, the change control board should ask the project manager what impact they will have on the project schedule, workload, cost, etc. Use one of the baselines (e.g. Baseline 9) to capture the current state of the project, then when you enter the changes required to meet the requests, you can show the impact as the difference from the baseline 9 figures. (Of course, you do not save the changed project until/unless the changes are approved).

    Just a couple of examples. It's important to have some rules around the organisation about which Baselines are used for what.

    Graham

    • Proposed as answer by epmXpertsModerator Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:30 PM
    • Marked as answer by Soudha Saturday, March 16, 2013 6:59 AM
    Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:12 PM
  • Hello Graham, My apology for the late reply. Thank for the explanation, indeed it helps. Warms Regards Soudha
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:31 PM