A baseline is an important concept in the delivery of complex programmes. It provides a key reference point and supporting documentation which define the programme development status and the agreed requirements, scope, schedule and cost estimate for delivery. It allows for controlled development and decision making in relation to the implementation, and provides a reference point for monitoring delivery performance.

In the context of a complex multi-stakeholder programme, it is essential that there is a clear and shared understanding of the baseline, and of the process and plan to establish and maintain the baseline where this does not yet exist.

In collaboration with our client, we design and create a baseline management plan. This sets out a specification and plan for creating the programme baseline. It is used as a communication tool to help those involved in its production to understand the intended process and the roles of team members who are responsible for its creation.

Define, control, deliver

We ensure the baseline strategy covers the full scope of the programme as necessary to realise the required outcomes and benefits, and addresses the whole lifecycle of the programme from the current position through all anticipated tranches.

The baseline content is derived from data consistent with the programme business case and approved changes. We ensure alignment of the baseline to the vision and strategy of the organisation and programme. The baseline is then used to provide a number of products required to achieve a successful outcome and a roadmap for future updates.

In the early stages of a project, a thorough and strategic programme baseline provides the underpinning for the programme business case. Throughout the life of a programme, the baseline brings a number of benefits which enhance deliverability. It provides a thorough and cohesive basis for monitoring programme delivery performance and provides a suite of up to date, coherent and aligned control information as a basis for programme management. It ensures a full underpinning for third party Contractual obligations and gives a basis for evaluation of risks and opportunities and further optimisation of the programme strategy. Ultimately, this delivers improved alignment with stakeholder strategic objectives thus improving confidence in programme integrity.

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