Asif kabani 5 tips for project baselines

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Asif kabani 5 tips for project baselines

  1. 1. 5  Tips  For  Project  Baselines   Asif  Kabani  
  2. 2. Tip  1:  Create  an  ini6al  baseline   •  A  baseline  is  a  snapshot  of  your  project  schedule   at  any  given  moment.  Baselines  help  you  see   what  has  changed  on  your  project  by  giving  you   something  that  you  can  refer  back  to.   •  Work  with  your  project  team  to  create  a  full,   comprehensive  project  schedule.  Use  a  task  list   as  the  basis,  then  add  in  dates,  links  between   tasks  and  the  details  of  who  is  doing  what.  Use   the  baseline  feature  to  create  an  ini@al  baseline.   This  will  let  you  refer  back  to  the  original  plan  if   you  need  to.    
  3. 3. Tip  2:  Update  your  schedule  regularly   •  Remember  to  update  your  schedule  regularly   will  change  as  tasks  are  marked  as  completed,   new  tasks  are  added,  or  dates  change.  You   may  also  find  yourself  upda@ng  the  resources   on  the  schedule.  Keeping  your  schedule  up  to   date  is  essen@al  for  managing  your  project   successfully.  
  4. 4. Tip  3:  Don't  baseline  every  change   •  It  might  be  temp@ng  to  create  a  new  baseline   every  @me  you  change  something  on  your   schedule,  but  that  really  isn't  a  good  idea.  You'll   end  up  with  far  too  many  baselines  and  it  will  be   difficult  to  know  which  one  to  use  if  you  want  to   see  what  has  fundamentally  changed!   •  If  you  are  making  day-­‐to-­‐day  updates  that  don't   require  a  formal  change  control  no@fica@on  or   approval  by  your  project  sponsor,  then  you  don't   have  to  create  a  new  baseline  for  that  schedule   modifica@on.    
  5. 5. Tip  4:  Create  regular  baselines   •  However,  you  should  create  regular  baselines,   especially  aLer  a  major  change  to  your  project   schedule.  For  example,  if  you  add  in  a  new  block   of  tasks,  change  the  project  scope  to  include   more  work  or  to  take  out  tasks,  or  your  key   milestone  dates  change,  then  it  is  a  very  good   idea  to  create  a  new  baseline.  If  you  are  upda@ng   the  schedule  as  a  result  of  an  approved  change   that  has  been  through  the  change  control   process,  then  it  is  a  good  idea  to  create  a  new   baseline.  
  6. 6. Tip  5:  Refer  to  your  baseline  at  project  comple6on   •  Project  baselines  are  excellent  tools  when  it   comes  to  the  end  of  your  project,  because  you   can  use  them  to  see  exactly  what  has   changed.  When  you  complete  your  closure   documenta@on  for  the  project  you  can  refer   back  to  your  ini@al  or  interim  baselines  and   see  how  your  schedule  evolved  over  the  life  of   the  project.  You  can  also  use  your  baselines   during  a  lessons  learned  mee@ng.  
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