Save a Baseline in Microsoft Project: Introduction
Have you ever wondered how to track the original start date, finish date, and other crucial data of your tasks in Microsoft Project? The solution lies in saving a baseline, which essentially captures a snapshot of vital values for every task in your project. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the simple steps to save a baseline in your Microsoft Project schedules.
When you save a baseline in Microsoft Project, it captures five essential values for each task: Duration, Start date, Finish date, Work, and Cost. Essentially, it takes a snapshot of these current values and stores them in corresponding Baseline fields. These Baseline fields hold the original task values for later comparison.
Saving a baseline is crucial for later analysis during the Execution stage of the project. It allows you to track variations and deviations from the original plan as your project progresses.
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Has a Baseline Been Saved?
To check whether a baseline has been saved in your Microsoft Project, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the “Select All” button.
- Choose “More Tables” from the shortcut menu.
- In the More Tables dialog, select the Baseline table and click the “Apply” button.
- Check for an “NA” value in the Baseline Start and Baseline Finish fields for tasks. If these values appear, it indicates that no baseline has been saved for the project.
Save a Baseline for Your Project
Here’s a step-by-step guide to saving a baseline in your Microsoft Project schedule:
- Click the “Project” tab to display the Project ribbon.
- Locate the “Schedule” section within the ribbon.
- Click the “Set Baseline” pick-list button and select the “Set Baseline” item on the menu.
- Ensure “Baseline” is selected at the top of the Set Baseline dialog.
- Use “Baseline 0” as the primary baseline for your project’s lifecycle.
- Leave the “Entire Project” option selected.
- Click “OK” to confirm.
- Save the latest changes to your project.
In an instant, Microsoft Project will save the baseline information for every task in your project.
By following these simple steps, you’ve now successfully saved a baseline in your Microsoft Project schedule. This crucial step enables you to analyze and track any deviations from your initial plan during the Execution phase of your project.
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