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Another issue with a baseline is that because there’s so much data, the
baseline can become obsolete at some point. An interim plan can be saved to
record date changes but not overwrite your original baseline cost data.
Finally, although you’re allowed to save up to 11 baseline plans, if you need
more than that, consider using some interim and some baseline data to
expand the number of sets of data that you can save.
Do not go baseline and interim plan crazy. Even in a long project, saving too
many sets of plans can get confusing. When you do save a plan, print a copy
for your records and make a notation of when and why the plan was saved to
help you keep track.
Saving an interim plan
Interim plans and baselines are saved via the same dialog box. The difference
is that with an interim plan, you have to specify where the data is coming
from. For example, if you want to save the start and finish dates from your
Baseline2 plan into the third interim plan, you copy from Baseline2 to
Start/Finish3. If you want the current scheduled start and finish dates for all
tasks, choose to copy from Start/Finish.
If you want to change currently scheduled start and finish dates in a baseline
but you don’t want to change all the other data typically saved in a baseline,
you can copy from Start/Finish to the baseline plan that you want to change.
To save an interim plan, do this:
1. If you want to save an interim plan for only certain tasks, select them.
2. Choose Tools
Set Baseline.
The Save Baseline dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 12-6.
Tracking
Figure 12-6:
You can
copy
settings
from any
saved
baseline to
an interim
plan.
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