Task Variance RRS feed

  • Question

  • In MS Project 2010, I understood that start variance filed shows the variance between Start field and Baseline Start. How can I find the variance between the "Baseline 1 Start" and "Start" field.

    Any help will be appreciated....

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:31 AM

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  • Hi Manoj,

    File, Options, Advanced. Earned Value Options for this project set Baselien1 instead of Baseline.

    And yes, I know your question is totally unrelated to Earned Value, but that's how it works.


    • Proposed as answer by Quized again Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:25 PM
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:40 AM
  • Manoj --
    Good question.  The easiest way to do this would require you to do the following:
    1.  Click File > Options > Advanced.
    2.  In the Earned Value Options for This Project section of the dialog, click the Baseline for Earned Value Calculation pick list and select Baseline 1.
    3.  Click the OK button.
    This will force Microsoft Project 2010 to calculate all variance using the Baseline 1 set of fields.  If you do this, then I would recommend you also do the following:
    1.  Display the Tracking Gantt view.
    2.  Click the Format tab to display the Format ribbon.
    3.  In the Bar Styles section of the Format ribbon, click the Baseline pick list button and select the Baseline 1 item.
    This will force Microsoft Project 2010 to show the Baseline 1 schedule as gray Gantt bars in the Tracking Gantt view.  To revert back to the Baseline set of fields, reverse the two sets of steps documented above.  Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:43 AM
  • In theory, the following should do the trick (in a custom duration field):
    ProjDateDiff([Baseline1 Start],[Start])
    I say in theory, because you may have a case where there is no Baseline1
    Start.  Start also may be a text field, which you can accomodate for by using
    the Scheduled Start field....the difference between the two depending on
    whether or not you're using manual scheduling.

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: Twitter: @alavinsky
    • Proposed as answer by Quized again Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:25 PM
    Sunday, September 23, 2012 1:51 PM