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Data Type    Date

Entry Type    Calculated or entered

Description    The baseline deliverable finish fields (Baseline1 Deliverable Finish through Baseline10 Deliverable Finish) contain the planned deliverable finish dates saved with the corresponding project baseline. The Baseline1 Deliverable Finish field stores the deliverable finish date as it was when Baseline 1 was saved. Likewise, the Baseline2 Deliverable Finish through Baseline10 Deliverable Finish fields store planned deliverable finish dates when Baseline 2 through Baseline 10 are saved.

How Calculated    The Baseline1-10 Deliverable Finish fields contain NA until you set a baseline for the project for a specific baseline number. When you save a baseline, the current value in the Deliverable Finish field is copied into the appropriate Baseline Deliverable Finish field. The baseline deliverable finish field that is used (for example, Baseline6 Deliverable Finish) depends on which baseline was saved (for example, Baseline 6).

Best Uses    Add one of the Baseline1-10 Deliverable Finish fields to a task sheet when you need to see when deliverable tasks were scheduled to finish at different "snapshots" in time. You might also add the scheduled Deliverable Finish field or previous Baseline Deliverable Finish fields so you can see variances between the deliverable finish dates at different points in time.

Example    At the start of your project two months ago, you saved your first project baseline. A month ago, the scope of your project changed, and you saved a second baseline with Baseline 1. Since then, you've made further adjustments and have saved a third baseline with Baseline 2. You want to see how the changes you've made have affected the finish dates of your deliverable tasks. In the Task Sheet, you add both the Baseline2 Deliverable Finish field and the Deliverable Finish field.

Remarks    You can save a baseline plan in the Set Baseline dialog box. Select the baseline you want—Baseline or Baseline 1 through Baseline 10. This copies the current value of the Deliverable Finish field into the corresponding Baseline Deliverable Finish field.

After you save a baseline, you can change the date in the Baseline1-10 Deliverable Finish 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.

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