Data Type Date (date field: A type of field whose content is a date. Examples include the Baseline Start and Early Finish fields.)
Entry Type Calculated or entered (calculated or entered field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Information that you enter in the field yourself overrides calculated values.)
Description The Baseline Deliverable Start field contains the originally planned deliverable start date (start date: The date when a task is scheduled to begin. This date is based on the duration, calendars, and constraints of predecessor and successor tasks. A task's start date is also based on its own calendars and constraints.) saved with the project baseline (baseline plan: The original project plans [up to 11 per project] used to track progress on a project. The baseline plan is a snapshot of your schedule at the time that you save the baseline and includes information about tasks, resources, and assignments.). The Deliverable Start field contains the date when the deliverable (deliverable: A tangible and measurable result, outcome, or item that must be produced to complete a project or part of a project. Typically, the project team and project stakeholders agree on project deliverables before the project begins.) task associated with the current task is scheduled to begin. This can be the deliverable task itself or the task that has a dependency on the deliverable task.
How Calculated The Baseline Deliverable Start field contains NA until you set a baseline for the project. When you save a baseline, the value in the Deliverable Start field is copied into the Baseline Deliverable Start field.
Best Uses Add the Baseline Deliverable Start field to a task sheet when you need to see when deliverable tasks were originally scheduled to start. You might also add the scheduled Deliverable Start field so you can see variances between the deliverable start dates in the original plan and the current schedule.
Example Work started on your project two months ago, when you first saved the project baseline. Now you want to compare the Baseline Deliverable Start field with the current Deliverable Start field. You add both fields to the Task Sheet to analyze the differences in deliverable start dates and determine whether you need to make any adjustments to your schedule.
Remarks You save a baseline plan in the Set Baseline dialog box.
After you save a baseline, you can change the date in the Baseline Deliverable Start field. However, edited baseline values do not cause any recalculation of baseline fields. The purpose of saving a baseline is to capture a "snapshot" of the project plan at a moment in time. Editing baseline values can change the integrity of your information and result in misleading conclusions.