Clearing a baseline or interim plan

Inevitably, you set a baseline or an interim baseline and then find a reason to clear it. Suppose, for example, that you thought you finished the planning stage of the project. The project hasn't yet started, and you attend a meeting in which you inform everyone that you're "good to go" for next Monday. Naturally, your announcement triggers discussion and — by the time the discussion ends — the scope of the project has expanded (or contracted) considerably. You now need to work again on the planning phase of your schedule — and you really don't want to adjust the baseline. Instead, you want to get rid of it; after you make all your changes, you can set the correct baseline.

Starting in Project 2000, you can clear baselines. Choose Tools O Tracking O Clear Baseline. Project displays the Clear Baseline dialog box, as shown in Figure 11-7. In this dialog box, you can choose to clear a baseline plan or an interim plan for the entire project or for selected tasks.

Figure 11-7: Set the baseline too soon? Clear it from this dialog box so that you can make adjustments and set the baseline correctly.
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