By comparing 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.) and scheduled (scheduled: The most current information about a project, including actual and remaining dates, durations, and costs for tasks that have started and the latest projected dates, durations, and costs for tasks that have not yet started.) information, you can track task start and finish dates.
- From the View menu, point to Table, and then click Variance.
- To view variance information graphically, use the Tracking Gantt view. From the View menu, click Tracking Gantt.
The Variance table shows start and finish dates for both scheduled and baseline and enables you to evaluate how you thought the project would progress (baseline) compared to how it is progressing (actual).
- To view baseline information, you need to create a baseline for your schedule.
- If you want to see baseline information for the project and not individual tasks, from the Project menu, click Project Information, and then click Statistics.
- If you need to take snapshots of extensive project data during the planning phase, you may want to save multiple baselines, since they store more values than interim plans. Microsoft Office Project 2003 can save up to 11 baseline plans. To view tracking information from multiple baselines, use the Multiple Baselines Gantt view. From the View menu, select More Views, and in the More Views dialog box, select Multiple Baselines Gantt, and then click Apply.