The DBM also features a four level project classification based on what we call
the project lowest static baseline (LSB). Using the flow down of organizational objectives
from corporate values to project objectives to functional requirements to product
design the LSB is the lowest level that is relatively fixed for a given project, and
is therefore readily "baselineable" (see Figure 2).
The DBM is the foundation upon which a project is positioned. A project can only be
expected to meet its LSB, and therefore, success or failure should only realistically
be measured relative to that baseline.
Figure 2: Dynamic (D) and Static (S) Baselines
Another direct conclusion of this model is that our capacity to deliver a project
is directly linked to our record of achievement in projects with similar LSBs. If
this were true, then we could look beyond the stereotypical labels associated with
commodity type, and consider the LSB as a determining factor in predicting a project's