Baseline and Calendars in MS PROJECT 2013


I got a question from my Blog Reader: “Dear Nenad, I have a problem. I set up Base Calendar with exceptions. I create a Schedule, assign Resources, and I save the Baseline. But after some time I notice that we have to work on this “exception” days! But I can’t find anywhere how to save this “old” Calendar to Baseline! Please Help!”

I will show you how to do this in MS PROJECT 2013!

OK. First I’m going to set up Base Calendar in My Project:


As you can see, Week from 07.09.2015 to 11.09.2015 is Non Working week. Now I’m going to create the Schedule:


I will add some resources to the Project:


and I will assign them to the Tasks:


Now, let’s say that this is my Project Plan. I will save it, as a Baseline:




Now back to the Problem. When you save a Baseline, MY PROJECT doesn’t save the Calendar, but it saves data to the, so called, Baseline fields. I will show Variance Calendar, and just, some of those fields:




In Variance Table, you can see by Default, Baseline Start, and Baseline Finish fields, but you can add other, as well.

So, let’s say that we are going to work on the Non working week. I will erase this exception:


and I will get:


As you can see, Task 3 is supposed to be done at 07.09.2017 (instead of 14.09.2015), and Task 4 is supposed to be done at 11.09.2015 (instead of 15.09)

So there is no such a thing like Baseline Calendars in MS PROJECT. All Variances are calculated according to Baseline fields.

Hope this helps.



About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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