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Do we need interim plans any more?

Interim plans seem to be a vestige of previous versions of Microsoft Project in which only one baseline was available. Interim plans were just a "bone" thrown to project managers who really needed multiple baselines. With interim plans, at least multiple sets of Start and Finish dates could be saved.

We finally have multiple baselines now, so interim plans don't seem to have much use anymore. They need to stick around, however, for those project managers who are updating project plans created in previous versions of Microsoft Project.

Interim plans might also be useful for project managers who like to create periodic snapshots, maybe once a month or once a quarter. With 11 baselines, you might run out of baseline fields in less than a year. With 10 interim plans, you have more fields to work with, even if they are limited to just the Start and Finish dates.

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