Starting the Scenario Comparison
In the scenario manager, in addition to the active scenario, you may select a second scenario to compare with the former one. You can also compare the active scenario with the plan of record.
The Gantt Chart in Scenario Comparison Mode
Selecting a scenario or the plan of record to compare with the active scenario starts the scenario comparison mode.
In this mode, each project in the active scenario that has a counterpart in the compared scenario or plan of record is displayed with a light gray shadow above the project bar in the Gantt chart.
The shadow always displays the project duration, including splits, in the compared scenario or plan of record.
When you select the associated project, the shadow will also display milestones and dependencies.
Milestones with violated dependencies in the compared scenario or plan of record will always be displayed in bright red.
For projects without a counterpart in the compared scenario or plan of record, the respective Gantt chart bars are centered vertically to indicate the project doesn't exist in the compared scenario or plan of record.
Applying and Submitting Projects
Via the Apply Project from Compared Scenario or Apply Project from Plan of Record options of the project context menu, you can apply any scenario dependent data from the selected project's counterpart in the plan of record or compared scenario to the active scenario, overwriting that project there.
Via the Submit Project to Plan of Record or Submit Project to Compared Scenario options of the project context menu, you may submit changes made to a project in the active scenario to the plan of record or compared scenario, overwriting that project there. You may also submit projects that don't exist yet or anymore in the plan of record or compared scenario.
Like any other changes, this requires edit rights for the target scenario or plan of record.
The following data will be transferred to the target scenario or plan of record.
- Start, Finish and segmentation (splits)
- Financial events
- Milestone dependencies (if associated milestones exist in the target scenario or plan of record)
- Role and resource allocations
- Program (if the program doesn't exist in the target scenario or plan of record, it will be created there.)
If the project exists in the target scenario or plan of record, it will be overwritten there.
This has no effect on global project data, which stay available in all scenarios in which a project exists, as well as in the plan of record if it includes the project.
Scenario Comparison Menu
Once you have enabled scenario comparison, the scenario comparison menu will be displayed in the menu bar showing the compared scenario. Here, you can select among the last compared scenarios and the plan of record, open the scenario manager or end the scenario comparison.
Expand the drop-down menu to see:
- The five most recently compared scenarios.
- Access to the scenario manager via Manage Scenarios.
- The End Scenario Comparison option, which will return you to the default view.