Need a New Baseline

If you made substantial changes to the schedule or costs in your project plan, consider whether you should save a new baseline. Your decision depends on how you intend to use baseline information, in terms of variance monitoring, earned value calculations, and archival data. Which will give you the more meaningful data: the original baseline or a new one based on recent changes?

You can retain the original baseline (usually the best idea in terms of project data integrity) and save the new information as Baseline 1, for example.

Another alternative is to copy the original baseline information to Baseline 1, for example, and then make the new baseline the primary. The primary baseline (that is Baseline, rather than Baseline 1 or Baseline 2) is always used for earned value calculations.

For more information about copying baseline fields from one set to another, see "Saving Additional Baselines" on page 304.

Part 4

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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