After youíve saved the baseline, you can view the baseline information by using one of the following methods.
- Project Statistics dialog box
- Apply Baseline table to Tracking Gantt
- Add Baseline columns to Task table
Please remember, initially all the baseline columns are empty until you save a baseline.
Example: Letís say, You have a project called Project Office. You just created the project plan with all schedules and assignments. You didnít save the baseline yet and no actuals are entered. Please use the Statistics dialog box to view the project information.
1) Project Statistics dialog box:
- Open the project plan
- On Project menu, choose Project Information
- Click on Statistics
Fig 1: Project information prior to save baseline ; no actuals reported
Please see in above fig, Baseline Start. Baseline Finish, Baseline Duration, Baseline Work and Baseline Costs are NA. This is due to; no baseline information is available for this project plan.
Also note that Actual Start, Actual Finish, Actual Duration, Actual Work and Actual Costs field are 0. This is due to: no actuals reported for this project.
Now, you save the baseline for this project. Please use Tools -> Tracking -> Save Baseline; Please choose Entire Project option.
After youíve save the baseline, please see again the project statistics information. (Fig. 2)
Please note that baseline information should identical to the current information.
Fig 2: Project information after saving the baseline, no actuals reported
After saving the baseline, you are ready track the project. Depends on the method you adopted (% Complete or Actual work reported by team member through PWA), you have to update the project. Once your project updated with progress, you can review the projectís current status by comparing with baseline.
Open the Project information dialog box again and view the baseline and actual info. (Fig 3)
In above fig, project has been accrued actual hours 40; also see the duration, now project is ending on 2/13 instead of 2/12. You see the one day variance on schedule.
2) Apply Baseline table to Tracking Gantt
- Open the project plan
- On View menu -> Choose Tracking Gantt
- View -> Tables -> More Tables -> Baseline -> Apply
3) Add Baseline columns to Task table
On any Task view (Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt), right click on any column to view and select the columns like "Baseline Cost, Baseline Duration, Baseline Finish, Baseline Start, Baseline Work Baseline1 Cost, Baseline1 Duration, Baseline1Finish etc."