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, risks and cost estimate for delivery. It allows for controlled development and decision making in relation to the implementation phase, and provides a reference point for monitoring delivery performance.

In complex multi-stakeholder programmes, 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 to understand the intended process and the roles of team 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 stages.

The initial baseline content is derived from data consistent with the programme business case and other key documents and is updated as required when significant changes are approved. We ensure alignment of the baseline to the vision and strategy of the organisation and programme. The baseline is used to provide a number of products required to inform decision making, achieve a successful outcome and establish 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 basis for monitoring programme delivery performance and a suite of up to date, coherent and aligned control information. It ensures a full underpinning for third party contractual obligations and enables evaluation of risks and opportunities and further optimisation of the programme strategy. Ultimately, this delivers improved alignment with stakeholder strategic objectives, improving confidence in programme integrity.


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