Create a WhatIf Project

Suppose that an external change is being proposed, or you just want to see the effect of a potential change to your project plan. You can save another version of your project plan and make the necessary adjustments to reflect the potential change. You can then examine specifically what the imposed changes will do to your project plan in terms of schedule, cost, and resource allocation.

To save a what-if project, click File, Save As. In the File Name box, enter a name for the what-if project and then click OK.

You can change the what-if project as much as you like. Because you saved it under a different filename, your working version of the project plan remains intact, but you gained valuable information about the impact of potential change.

If you or other stakeholders decide to go ahead with the change, you can adopt the what-if project as your new working project.

Tip Check the adjustments

When you adjust your project plan to achieve the finish date you need, be sure to check costs, resource allocation, and scope. You need to know how your changes affect other areas of the project plan.

You might also think you need to save a new baseline, especially if there have been major schedule changes.

For more information on new baselines, see "Need a New Baseline?" later in this chapter on page 352.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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