Baselining the schedule A quality management action

Establishing the baseline schedule is a significant quality action in the project management process, signifying the official kick-off of the work and indicating a strong commitment to the quality objectives, quality procedures built into the schedule, and to the schedule and resource plans themselves. The baseline is the point of departure for monitoring and tracking the process. When a project is baselined, the project schedule is complete. The following are some rules of thumb for baselining:

1. The purpose is to get to a baseline schedule that captures all the work to be done, particularly quality procedures as summary tasks. This includes key documentation and procurement tasks. The baseline schedule does not change unless the basic scope changes. After agreement is reached, the project manager confirms the baseline by saving it and making it available on the network as the baseline. There is no uncertainty where the baseline is and how to access it.

2. The baseline schedule is the agreed upon, scrubbed schedule for the project, linked to the resource pool. The baseline shows all interdependencies, linkages; and resource requirements; includes all tasks necessary to get the work done; and shows impacts on parallel programs and resources. All procurements and test equipment are covered in the schedule.

3. The baseline schedule is resource-leveled—the schedule can be implemented with current, available resources. Assigned staff and the customer are aware of the commitments and have "signed-on" to complete their tasks to meet the schedule milestones.

4. Getting to the schedule baseline involves collaboration between the project manager and all departments and staff involved in planning and implementing the schedule, as well as the customer. A baseline meeting is held to arrive at final agreement on schedule and resources committed before the baseline is saved to the network. The project manager facilitates the meeting, and all department managers attend and come prepared to commit their resources to the final, agreed upon baseline schedule.

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