The Project Baseline – A Project Management Definition

The project’s baseline is used to measure how performance deviates from the plan. Your performance measurement would only be meaningful if you had an accurate baseline.

A project’s baseline is defined as the original scope, cost and schedule. The project’s baseline must be completely defined and documented before the project execution and control activities can begin.

Once the project starts execution, the project’s baseline is put under change control to help you evaluate any further change and its impact on the project. No meaningful measurements can be made if the scope, cost and schedule are not under strict change control disciplines.

If any change is approved then your new baseline is redefined as the original plan plus the approved change. It is a good idea to keep records that show how the plan has progressed and changed over time.

Frequent requests for changes to the project requirements may indicate that there was an incomplete initial requirements analysis or the lack of meaningful communication with users and customers early in the project initiation phase.

Moises Ortiz is a project manager with strong experience in the IT field. He’s been working for many multinational corporations leading IT projects and helping them align their IT strategy to the overall business goals.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Kathy says:

    Great explanation. Thank you for sharing

  2. Avatar counselor. wael elgohary says:

    Project Re-baseline

    i appreciate this clear and precise explanation , where it is considered the only source answer the question clearly ” What do we mean by Project Re-baseline. as per mention clearly in this article that project baseline is

    “A project’s baseline is defined as the original scope, cost and schedule. The project’s baseline must be completely defined and documented before the project execution and control activities can begin.”

    and project RE-BASELINE means that we have to revisit the primary original baseline and do all the changes and modification needed agreed by mutual consent of contracting parties then the New Baseline replaced contractually and legally the original one.

    The debate that other opinion, which i reject insist that the re-baseline should be implemented on the updated schedule , which includes actual dates and progressed activities , certainly that mean we eliminate all the completed activities where planned become actual.

    but still we are seeking in other sources , PMI is not clear about the Re-baseline for the project with clear statement as your article and define it clearly

    “If any change is approved then your new baseline is redefined as the original plan plus the approved change”

    really it is critical issue has a contractual and legal impact for the claims and legal disputes , and we are still each side is attempting to prove his opinion

    awaiting any new reference which support the proper concept of revised/Re-baseline schedule

  3. Avatar Akhona says:

    good day, please assist me. please mention 5 reasons why the project baseline planning fails?

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