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Best Practices for Baselining and Variance Analysis


Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs):
This Webinar is eligible for 1.5 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.

Event Description:

In Microsoft Project, a baseline is like a “snapshot” of your project before you begin entering actual progress. In this MPUG webinar, you will learn the following:

  • Best practices for baselining your project
  • What types of data are saved in a baseline
  • Where to view baseline data
  • Best practices for analyzing project variance
  • Where to view project variance
  • Why you should not delete baselined data in a project schedule


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Presenter Info:

Dale Howard is the Director of Education for Sensei Project Solutions.  He is in his 15th year of serving as a Microsoft Project MVP (or Most Valuable Professional) and is currently one of only 59 Microsoft Project MVPs in the entire world. Dale is the co-author of 21 books on Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online. He works out of his home in Ellisville, Missouri (a west suburb of St. Louis).

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byDave Stroble onMPUG

Awareness and understanding of variances in project is vital to understanding if your project on track and destined for success. Watching Dale Howard deliver basic and advanced-basic information to demystify the concepts of variance analysis in MS Project is well worth your time. Dale is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) instructors for all things Project Management and MS Project. He is immensely knowledgeable and is a wizard in Project. Take a look at this webinar for great information on why you should baseline your projects, how to baseline them, and what to do with the results of the baselining effort you made. I highly recommend this webinar to anyone who wants to learn more about a topic that you may not regularly work with (but you should).

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  1. Thanks for a really informative session on Best Practices for Baselining and Variance Analysis.
    I am currently using MS Project 2016
    I have a task that is 15% complete but their has been a change in the project and the task is no longer required. The project has been baselined.

    How should I treat with this task in going forward?

    Also, could I get a copy of the schedule Dale Howard was using in the webinar.

  2. Deborah — Set the Remaining Work to 0h on the in-progress task. This will cancel the remaining work, but preserve the historical actual work completed on the task. — eDale

  3. Great webinar….good data and presentation from Project Sensei as usual.


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