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The last finish date in the critical path = Schedule Baseline?

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I think then project charter will include an expected finish date of the project, and then I should try to create a Gantt chart and negotiate an actual finish date with sponsor.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong)

After the milestones of Gantt chart are confirmed by sponsor, does that mean that the last finish date in the critical path equals the "Schedule Baseline"? Can the schedule baseline date later then the whole critical path? (I can float the critical path?)

I'm a new project manager. Thanks.
asked 4 years ago by st (160 points) edited 4 years ago by MaplePM

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Your statement in the first paragraph is correct.  Of course in between the charter and negotiating the actual finish date, there will need to be planning with the project team.

The last finish date is part of the baseline, however if you approach the project from a holistic viewpoint, the entire approved schedule is the baseline and you will track all differences from it.  This will provide valuable information about estimates and actuals which can be used in future projects.  It will also aid you in keeping that final deliverable date if you can identify and address the roadblocks.
answered 4 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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