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Although you might never use all 11 possible baselines, the ability to save
multiple baselines can help you see the progress of your planning over the
life of a longer project. They are also a sneaky but effective way of showing
your boss that, yes, you really did anticipate that budget overrun, even
though you didn’t include it in your original saved plan. (I’m not advocating
this, but it works as long as your boss didn’t keep a copy of the original plan.)
The Set Baseline dialog box includes a list of these baselines, with the last
date each was saved, as shown in Figure 12-4. When you save a baseline, you
can save without overwriting an existing baseline by simply selecting another
one of the baselines in this list before saving.
Figure 12-4:
baseline to
includes the
last saved
date in this
If you save multiple baselines or interim plans, you can view them by
displaying columns in any sheet view for those plans. For example, if you want to
display information for a baseline you saved with the name Baseline 7, you
would insert the column named Baseline 7 in your Gantt Chart view sheet.
You can view multiple baselines at one time by displaying the Multiple
Baselines Gantt view.
How do I clear and reset a baseline?
Okay, if you read the first part of this chapter, you know that I said that a
baseline is intended to be a frozen picture of your project plan that you keep
sacrosanct and never change. Well, that’s the theory. In practice, things can
happen that make an original baseline so obsolete that it’s less than useful.
It’s not even worth keeping as one of your 11 possible baselines.
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