New Tasks and saved Baseline in MS PRIOJECT 2016



I have a reader who is novice in MS PROJECT 2016, and he has a problem;


I hope you are in good health.

I have some quires about cost tracking in MS Project. I had previously saved a baseline and updated the progress for tasks in it…. then I had to make some changes and added another task. Now I had to save a new baseline for it. but this time cost table show actual cost of completed tasks for new baseline cost.How can we explain this? It is going to affect the planned cost for sure! is this the right method for cost control.?

I shall be waiting for your response. “

OK! I will show you that with simple Example in MS PROJECT 2016!

First, I’m going to create brand new Project:


and three Resources.


Finally, I’m going to assign Resources to Tasks:


Now I’m going to save the Baseline:




Now I will show you Gantt Chart with some additional Columns:


OK! Let’s say that Task1 took 2 days instead of 1 day, and it is finished:


I will get:


As you can see, Cost, and Actual cost is larger that Baseline cost, because Duration is extended for 1 day.

Now let’s say, that we need additional Task for my Project:


As you can see, this Task is not in a Baseline. If I now save the Baseline again I will get:


I will get:


and then:


As you can see, now the Baseline Cost is the same and Actual Cost for Task 1, and it is $1600, which is not what I wanted.

So, to avoid that I will save the Baseline (of, course I have to make undo for previous saving before!), like this:


  and I will get:


And that is exact what I wanted. So, when you have some Actuals, and you want to save some changes, especially for new Tasks, in the Baseline, use firs Select those new Tasks, and then choose, Select tasks option.



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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1 Response to New Tasks and saved Baseline in MS PRIOJECT 2016

  1. Mohan says:

    very nice explanation

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