Calculate Variance in Working Days after setting another baseline in MS PROJECT 2016

Hi,

I’ve got a question which is: “How do you calculate the working days in formulas when the baseline is not Baseline 0, and you need to see variance of that Baseline?”

It’s easy and I’ll show you how with MS PROJECT 2016. First I will create a simple Project with only two Tasks:

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Now I am going to create some Resources and I will assign them to those Tasks:

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and:

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Finally I will save thee Baseline:

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Now, suppose that, for example, Task 1 was started at 17.07.2018 (instead of 16.07.2018), and Actual duration i1 1 day, but remaining duration will be another 3 days:

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and:

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Suppose that another Task, is needed for the Project, and John and Mary are going to work on that Task:

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Let’s no switch to Variance Table:

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As you can see, Task 1 has Start Variance 1 day (because it was started 1 day latter than planned) , and Finish Variance 3 days (because it has duration 2 days longer than planned, and it was started 1 day latter than planned).

And no suppose that this is your new plan, because Stakeholders, Sponsor, CEO, or anyone else approved it as a new Project plan. But for historic purposes the old should be saved, so you should save this new plan as Baseline 1 (I’m not going to show you pictures, because procedure is the same like when I saved first Baseline. You just have to choose Baseline 1. After I save this baseline I will get in Variance table this:

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Do you notice any change? NO! Same result. Now, if you want to see Variance according to Baseline 1 you should follow this steps:

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and:

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and finally:

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So now if I look at the Variance Table I have:

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So now, everything is OK. you can do this for every single Baseline.

Regards!

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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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One Response to Calculate Variance in Working Days after setting another baseline in MS PROJECT 2016

  1. Erik van Hurck says:

    Always nice to learn new things, awesome insight Nenad.

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