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During a status meeting, the project funder made a rare appearance to solve questions on project funding and asked for an update on the project’s overall progress. At one point, the sponsor asked the project manager for a duplication of the schedule baseline to see what work had already been achieved. What was wrong with the sponsor’s demand?

A The schedule baseline provides the original schedule, plus the approved changes, but not the current schedule.

What the project sponsor is looking for is an updated project schedule that reflects where the project is currently at in terms of work accomplished. The schedule baseline contains the planned information, not actual work progress. Instead, the schedule baseline is typically compared to the current project schedule to determine what variances exist.