This is an overview of the following sections which will explain in detail how to create a project baseline.
All projects are governed by hard rules like scope, deadlines, and budget. These are all part of a project baseline and without them, you do not have a project but a potentially endless odyssey.
The project baseline is a cornerstone of your project plan. Once it is established, you can determine if you are delivering what you are supposed to be delivering and if works are in time and within budget.
The typical project baseline has three elements:
All three are linked. Therefore, it is also called the triple constraint. If one of them is affected, at least another one will be affected as well, or both.
When you have integrated all three elements properly, you are in a much better position to oversee the core of the project in an integrated way.
In the next sections we will explain in detail how to build an integrated project baseline including scope of delivery (this is the what we envisage to deliver), when it is expected to be ready and how much it is expected to cost.