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Good project planning and communication can help you avoid or mitigate these
and other problems that arise in project execution. For example, developing proper
task durations and status-reporting periods should help you identify tasks that have
varied substantially from baseline early enough to make adjustments. Having
welldocumented and well-communicated task-completion criteria should help prevent
downstream surprises. Nevertheless, large, complex projects will almost always vary
from the baseline.
CLEAN UP Close the Simple Tracking file.
▪ Before tracking actual work in a plan, you should set a baseline. This provides you
with a snapshot of your initial plan.
▪ After recording progress in your plan, you can then compare the plan as currently
scheduled with its baseline. This is one way to tell whether your project is on track.
▪ When recording progress in a plan, you have a range of options, including tracking
progress as scheduled, by percent complete, or by actual work, start, finish, or